Cristiano Ronaldo: “Khedira is very important. He gives the team better balance and this allows us to play in a more compact way.”
José Mourinho: “I currently do not know of any other player who is better than Sami in his position.”
Frieder Schrof, youth-team coach: Sami is thankful to everyone who stood by him when he was coming up. When he was last in Stuttgard, he dropped in for the Under-16s Christmas party and stayed all evening.”
Joachim Löw: “He is a true leader. He is very dynamic and makes his presence felt.”
Injury update: Sami Khedira injured his left ankle in Tuesday’s practice with his national team. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time, but AS reports that he was taken to a local hospital in Frankfurt to assess it.