The Champions League finalists Juventus have announced the signing of Sami Khedira from Real Madrid on a free transfer, the midfielder will join the Italians on July 1 after five successful seasons at the Bernabeu.

The 28-year-old, was initially a key player of the starting lineup at the Madrid,  helping the club in winning one La Liga title, two Copa del Reys and the Champions League last year during his five-year spell at the Los Blancos.

The Germany international, who made 54 appearances for his country, has agreed on a four-year contract with the Serie A champions, which will come into force after the expiry of his current contract at the end of this month.

The former Stuttgart man becomes Bianconeri’s second major recruit of the summer after Paulo Dybala completed a move to Turin last week from Palermo.

Khedira’s arrival in Italy could be the departure of Andrea Pirlo, who is likely to make a switch to MLS side New York City FC this summer.

Khedira has made 11 league appearances for the La Liga giants last season.

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