Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has praised Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira, suggesting he is a "fantastic professional".
The 33-year-old midfielder worked with Ancelotti while at Real Madrid and the pair appear to be on a good relationship.
After playing in Germany, Spain and Italy, Khedira now wishes to do business in England and has expressed his desire to work under his name from former managers such as Jose Mourinho and Ancelotti. This is what he Sky Germany said earlier this week:
“I really enjoyed working with Jose Mourinho, but there are a lot of coaches I would like to work with.
“I would never say no again to Jose Mourinho, but it's not the only one I'd like to work with again.
“There are a lot of coaches, including in the Premier League, whom I respect a lot. Ancelotti is doing a great job right now and is a great personality. He's one of the coaches who also impressed me. “
"I have fond memories of Sami Khedira, he was with me at Real Madrid and was a fantastic professional," he added.
“I would love to work with him, but unfortunately he's not the only one! I've had fantastic players in my career and I have fond memories of them.
"But coming here to Everton is another thing to consider."
The Everton boss was also asked to comment on whether the Toffees is interested in signing Isco from Real Madrid in the January transfer window.
Let us first look at his answer:
“Isco is a rumor from the press, from the media. It is not a rumor that went out on our part.
“We are not talking about the market during this time, we are talking about the problem we had and we are working to solve this problem.
“Besides that, Isco was my player at Real Madrid and a fantastic player. He is a Real Madrid player. “
Isco's situation and Everton's transfer plans
With Ancelotti at the helm of Everton, it's no surprise that players from his previous clubs are constantly linked to the Toffees. After signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid in the summer, Ancelotti could try to raid his former club in January.
For the first time since joining Los Blancos in 2013, Isco is in an unfamiliar situation under Zinedine Zidane and are expected to leave the club in the winter .
The 28-year-old world-class attacking midfielder has only made three starts in the league and wants to go elsewhere so that he can play regularly.
The four-time Champions League winner with Madrid has already spoken to Zidane about his decision and the idea of a possible exit was brought to the club through his father and agent Francisco Alarcon. Surprisingly, Madrid don't want to stand in his way and will allow him to leave.
Everton will be encouraged by this latest development, but they certainly won't be the only club vying for its signature. Isco was enjoying his best time in Madrid under Ancelotti and a possible reunion cannot be ruled out either. What a great signature that would be!
While Ancelotti might still want to work with Khedira, one has to wonder whether the German international is really the order of the day. Everton have strengthened their midfield this summer with the signings of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, and it makes little sense to include a seasoned central midfielder who is fast approaching the twilight of his career. The money would be better used elsewhere.