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Zidane: Ozil left for Arsenal because he did not fancy fighting for his place

French footballing legend has weighed into the ongoing debate about Real Madrid selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.

As soon as the weekend arrives, and Real Madrid can begin moving on from the Mesut Ozil saga, surely the better.

But with their game against Villareal still days away, there's just enough time for another key figure at the club to have his say.

Zinedine Zidane is the sporting director at Real Madrid, and naturally he has been asked to give his view on the comings and goings at the club.

And he believes Madrid's 'Spanish first' policy being implemented under Carlo Ancelotti has had a key impact, with Isco, Illarramendi and Carvajal bought this summer, and Jese Rodriguez and Morata promoted from the youth team.

It's a fascinating new approach considering Madrid's 'Galacticos' project of the past, and one which the club hope can lead to a future legacy which has helped Barcelona in recent years.

The new arrivals, Zidane concedes, helped force out Ozil who he says did not want to fight for his place.

"Now we have added players like Isco and new players such as Jese (Rodriguez) and Morata increasing competition. There are players who have responded with strength and will to fight.

"Not everyone reacted the same. Di Maria said he wanted to fight. Özil, who is a great player and he gave a lot to Madrid, decided to leave, and we wish him well. Isco is a spectacular player."

Zidane hints that had Ozil wanted to stay and fight, Madrid would not have agreed a sale to Arsenal, but also hints straight after that he is more than happy with Isco's creativity and goal threat which can limit the sale, and of course new arrival Gareth Bale.

At Arsenal, there is no chance of Ozil worrying about his place. As their record signing and highest earner, he has the star power Arsenal have been crying out for - and he will receive the adulation he wants.


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