It’s been over 14 months since Sami Khedira last appeared in a game for Juventus. It’s been even longer since Khedira, once considered a key cog in Juve’s starting lineup that advanced to the second of two Champions League finals in the span of three years, was the player that first showed up in Turin. So, by that line of logic, this was always a day that was bound to happen.
That just happens when you hit the midway point of the season and you’ve played exactly zero minutes of actual game time.
But one of the longest waiting games in recent Juventus transfer history is now a thing of the past. Khedira, now just a few months shy of his 34th birthday, has officially moved on from the club that brought him to Italy 5 1⁄2 years ago. Juve announced on Monday that Khedira has terminated his contract — one that was set to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season — by mutual consent so he can join Hertha Berlin on a free transfer after taking a medical with the club over the weekend.