Bayern Munich needs a 'true leader' like Khedira, says Beckenbauer

The Germany legend has hailed the impact of the Real Madrid midfielder for club and country, and feels that his influence at the Santiago Bernabeu is growing
Frank Beckenbauer has praised Sami Khedira, and voiced his belief that the Real Madrid midfielder would be an excellent signing for Bayern Munich.

"He is the player that Bayern need," the 66-year-old told TZ.

"He is a world-class player, as he demonstrated for Germany at Euro 2012. In Madrid he has matured into a true leader. There are very few players with his characteristics today."

The 25-year-old’s has grown in influence for both club and country in recent months, and won widespread acclaim for his performances during Euro 2012.

And the Bayern legend believes that the former Stuttgart man is exactly the sort of player that his former club need in order to end their two-year wait for a trophy.

"Bayern have quality players, but sometimes they only give 70 or 80 per cent on the pitch and that's not enough.

"The fans want to see people giving 100 percent. Khedira is one of these guys that have a lot of character. He is someone that Bayern need so much, but you don't get players like Khedira easily.

"The fans ask all players to play like [Lionel] Messi, but there is only one Messi. Khedira is the prototype of player willing to sacrifice himself for the team.

"How many players are willing to do that today? Who struggle and fight selflessly for the benefit of their peers? Those are the questions that need to be answered."