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 By Ben Gladwell

Sami Khedira may return to Bundesliga return after Juventus spell

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has said he would not rule out a return to the Bundesliga but could play in another country first after his days in Serie A come to an end.

Khedira has just over a year left to run on his contract and he recently said he would like to extend his stay, dismissing a mooted move to Major League Soccer.

There were reports that he would return to the Bundesliga after he was seen with Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness -- a meeting he said was about plans away from football.

"The Bundesliga's a great league even if they have some problems at the moment, but it's very attractive," the Germany international told the SID news agency.

"I've had a great time abroad and I'm always attracted by new challenges and things that I don't know yet; where you need to find yourself again with a new mentality, a new city, a new country.

"I'm still relatively young and still have a few years to go but, having said that, I still wouldn't rule out a return to the Bundesliga."

Khedira has added two Serie A titles to the two La Liga titles he won at Real Madrid and his Bundesliga crown with Stuttgart but said he expected this season's Serie A race to go down to the wire.

"It's neck-and-neck between Napoli and us," he said. "The title race hasn't been this exciting in ages.

"They're a point ahead so they're in pole position. We've got a strong team, not just 11 but 20 top players, and our advantage over Napoli is that we've won quite a few titles yet the hunger has not abated.

"We desperately want the title -- our fans are craving it."

Juve are also hoping to reach a third Champions League final in four years but face a tough challenge at Tottenham Hotspur after drawing the first leg 2-2 at home.

"The chances are still 50/50. We didn't play a good game [in the first leg]," he said. "Tottenham played an extremely good game and were better than we were."

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.


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