Juventus and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has ruled out moving to the MLS for now but has revealed he will make the switch at some point in the future.
“It’s a must to try to win the Champions League,” he told Italian outlet La Repubblica. “This could be the right season. To win in Europe you need stability, form and luck: it’s a combination of factors.
“We certainly have the quality as well as the willingness to sacrifice for this team. I’ll go to America but not now. I want to play at a high level for a few more years. I want to win the Champions League and I want to defend the World Cup trophy with Germany.
“I wouldn’t be able to do all that in the USA or China. I also earn well here, by the way.”
Calcio Mercato reported in November that the LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and New York City FC were all interested in Khedira.
The Germany international came up through Stuttgart’s academy before leaving the Bundesliga for Real Madrid in 2010. He then joined Juventus before last season.
And Khedira said he cannot see himself wearing a different shirt in the Bundesliga, with Juve likely to be his last club in Europe before moving stateside. Only when he finally does pin up his boots does he plan on returning to Germany.
“Stuttgart are my club and I am proud that it is the only German club’s shirt I have worn in my life,” he said. “In the future, I will go back and lend a hand, maybe in a different role, but I’m going to play on for a bit before I take a break to travel the world.
“I don’t know if that will be a year or less, it will depend on how much time I need to dedicate to myself.”