If Mesut Ozil has his way, he will never be coming to the Premier League as a player.
Ozil has described various rumours linking him with a move away from the club as ‘laughable’ and has stated that he wants to end his career as a player with Real Madrid.
“I'd like to end my career at Real Madrid. Madrid is a fantastic city, I'm really happy here, I know the club has great confidence in me and I have many friends here,” Ozil told German newspaper Bild.
Ozil has struggled to hold down a regular first team place at the club this season with the likes of Luka Modric and Sami Khedira regularly challenging him for a midfield starting spot.
It’s therefore only natural that speculation will emerge, linking a player of Ozil’s quality with a move away to a club where he would undoubtedly be the first choice in the middle of the pitch.
He’s been at Real Madrid since the summer of 2010 when he emerged from the 2010 World Cup as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe.
At the age of 24-years-old, he will still be enjoying the hustle and bustle of city life in Madrid but things could be a lot different in a few years time.
“The media have no idea about what really goes on. Things quite often get blown out of proportion. We have a good laugh,” he added.
So that appears to be that. He’s not the only midfield target who is on the radar of Manchester United with United linked to a whole host of developing young stars from clubs up and down the Bundesliga in Germany.
While Ozil seems to be happy in a personal sense at Real Madrid and while he feels respected by his closest friends, there doesn’t seem much reason for him to seek a move away.
It’s also encouraging for the club who are a million miles behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race this season and also going for Champions League glory which would give Mourinho a European Cup win with a third different side.
He’s also described Jose Mourinho as the best coach in the world which may also suggest that the Portuguese gaffer is in for a longer stint at the club than many expect.
Do you think Ozil will ever be left with egg on his face over these comments?
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