Sami Khedira Signs 2-Year Contract Extension with Juventus

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2018

TURIN, ITALY - AUGUST 25: Sami Khedira of Juventus during the Italian Serie A   match between Juventus v Lazio at the Allianz Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Turin Italy (Photo by Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Sami Khedira has signed a two-year contract extension with Juventus that will see him stay at the club until 2021. 

The Bianconeri announced the news on Wednesday:

In the accompanying statement on their official website, Juve added Khedira will also have the option of signing on for another year in Turin.

The German was in the final year of his deal, so at a minimum they've avoided losing him for free at the end of the season.

He may well fulfil his new contract, though, as he evidently has a keen admirer in manager Massimiliano Allegri.

As Juventus noted on their website, he has played 8,882 minutes in all competitions in his three full seasons for the clubno other midfielder has spent more time on the pitch for them in that period.

Last year, he scored nine goals in all competitions, which was the most prolific campaign of his career.

He's a divisive figure among Juventus supporters, though.

Bleacher Report's Gianni Verschueren praised his early-season form, while Copa90 US' Aaron West would prefer to see him out of the team:

Mobility and pace are big issues for the 31-year-old, although that may be mitigated somewhat in Serie A, and they're only likely to worsen in the coming years.

The German national team seem to be stronger without him in the side, per OptaFranz:

The former Stuttgart and Real Madrid man is an experienced head and serial winner, though, so there's much he can bring to the dressing room regardless of his form on the pitch.

He helped Germany win the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and before moving to Juventus—where he has won three Serie A titles and three Coppas Italia—he had also won the Bundesliga, La Liga and the UEFA Champions League.

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