It has all kicked off ever since Arsenal snapped up Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on Transfer Deadline day.
Yesterday morning saw Ozil’s dad and agent Mustafa Ozil threaten Real Madrid with legal action in an astonishing rebuttal to an equally astonishing story in Spanish publication ABC earlier in the week - in which it was asserted that Real president Florentino Perez had said Ozil "wasn't a good professional and was obsessed with women and nightlife".
It caused this, rightfully, impassioned response from the father of Arsenal’s new £42.5 million man:
"… Perez is no man of honour. Mesut is supposed to be the scapegoat now and I'm the greedy father. A put-up game. We will defend ourselves legally. If Mesut had an unprofessional life in Madrid, then why did he always play? They want to blame him now, because the fans and team-mates are angry."
Essentially Ozil’s father believes that the statements were made simply to deflect attention from what has been something of a backlash in the dressing room and public to the sale of a man who had a direct influence on 108 goals in his 159 appearances in the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid have now responded, by sending an open letter to German publication Bild this morning, in which they strenuously deny the original report having any factual basis.
They claim that ABC no longer have any ties with the club and that no source revealed the apparent information - before going on to assert their thanks and gratitude for Ozil’s services to the club since his move from Werder Bremen.
“1. It is denied that President Florentino Perez or any member of the football club has had anything to do with the Spanish newspaper that published the story about Ozil.
2. The Spanish daily newspaper in which this story was published denies any kind of relationship these days with any person in the club. In a Press release it was confirmed by the newspaper that no-one from the club was in contact at any time and that no statement on the subject was made.
3. Real Madrid regrets the statements that have nothing to do with the football club and have caused the reactions of the player’s father, they do not correspond to the truth and are totally out of place.
4. Real Madrid has spoken repeated of their thanks to Mesut Ozil and wish him all the best for the future.”
So it appears that legal action may now be avoided between the two parties, and that the assertions over Ozil should be no worry to Arsenal fans.
Indeed this now seems like something of a storm in a teacup and hopefully it can now be put behind both club, player and father - and we can just focus on Ozil bringing elusive silverware to The Emirates.
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