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Germany's Sami Khedira leaves Stuttgart for Real Madrid

Sami Khedira
Khedira has enjoyed a rapid rise over the last year

Real Madrid say German international midfielder Sami Khedira has completed his move from Stuttgart for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old Khedira, who played a starring role at the World Cup, signed a five-year deal at the Bernabeu.

Stuttgart managing director Fredi Bobic said they were reluctant to let him go "but we can understand Sami's wish to further his career at Real.

"We wish him great success with his new challenge in Madrid."

Khedira becomes new Real boss Jose Mourinho's second major signing, following the arrival of winger Angel di Maria from Benfica.

Two club stalwarts, Raul and Guti, have left Madrid this week as they begin rebuilding the team for the Mourinho era.

Khedira, who also had been linked with a move to Chelsea, has won 12 caps, having only made his debut for Germany less than a year ago.

But he was thrust into the spotlight at the World Cup because of the injury which ruled captain Michael Ballack out of the tournament.

He teamed up well with Bastian Schweinsteiger as a young Germany side finished in a surprise place, and he rounded off a impressive tournament display with his first goal for his country in the third place play-off win over Uruguay.

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see also
Raul moves to German side Schalke
28 Jul 10 |  Europe
Guti ends 25-year Madrid service
25 Jul 10 |  Europe
Real complete Di Maria transfer
08 Jul 10 |  Europe
Mourinho unveiled as boss of Real
31 May 10 |  Europe

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