Bobic wants answer from Khedira
Stuttgart's new director of sport Fredi Bobic has admitted Sami Khedira will have to be sold this summer if he does not commit himself to a new contract.
The 38-year-old former striker has made it a priority to sit down with the Germany midfielder and discuss an extension to his contract beyond the end of the 2010/11 campaign, but he has also made it clear the 23-year-old may not be with the club next term.
Real Madrid are reportedly interested in Khedira and are believed to be ready to pay €10m for him. Should the Stuttgart native instead stay and sit out the last 12 months of his contract with the Swabians, he would then be able to leave on a free transfer next summer.
"That would not be good for a business like Stuttgart," admitted Bobic. "We would like to extend Sami Khedira's contract, but it is up to him. We will hold talks in the coming days."
Should Khedira be sold, that money would be invested into new players, but not a like-for-like replacement.
"We don't need that - we have three players in our squad who can play in his position," explained Bobic, who added the same cannot be said for the rest of coach Christian Gross's squad. "Certainly there will be some more players arriving," he added.