Khedira is considered a dynamic and well-rounded midfielder, with good awareness and “flawless aerial ability”, who can cover a lot of ground efficiently, recover the ball and quickly join in the team’s attacking plays; he is also capable of being a goal threat with his heading accuracy and powerful mid-range shooting. A physically strong, energetic, and tactically intelligent player, he is also known for his ball-winning abilities, work-rate, and vision, as well as his solid technique and reliable passing, which allow him to play anywhere in midfield; although usually a central midfielder, he has also been deployed as a defensive midfielder or as a box-to-box midfielder, due to his stamina, movement, positional sense, and versatility, which also enable him to create space or contribute to his team’s offensive plays with goals, due to his ability to make late runs into the penalty area from behind. In spite of his playing ability, however, Khedira is also known to be injury-prone. On 30 July 2010, Khedira moved to Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, signing a contract until 2015. Khedira made his debut on 13 August in a friendly match against Bayern Munich, which Real Madrid won 4–2 on penalties for the Franz-Beckenbauer-Cup. His league debut came sixteen days later, in a 0–0 away draw against Mallorca. He made 40 appearances across his first season in Spain and won his first club honour on 20 April 2011 as his team won the Copa del Rey final against El Clásico rivals FC Barcelona. He scored his first competitive goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League, on 18 October 2011 against Olympique Lyonnais. He scored his first Copa del Rey goal against Málaga CF in a 3–2 home win when Real Madrid were trailing behind 0–2, and his first league goal against RCD Espanyol in a 5–0 home win. On 21 April 2012, Khedira scored his second league goal, against Barcelona; the goal was Real Madrid’s 108th of the season in the league, breaking the previous La Liga record of 107, also set by them in the 1989–90 season.