German superstar Mesut Ozil has redefined the 2013/14 Premier League season, presently on course to lead Arsenal to their first title in a decade.
His progress is such a success that The Mail ran an article in Friday's newspaper mocking David Moyes' decision to turn down signing the German for Manchester United. Arsenal now sit 1st and United 9th.
United aren't the only one ruing the transfer. Immediately there was a sense of regret at La Liga giants Real Madrid upon letting him go after star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos criticised the sale.
There was then a real backlash in the Spanish press against the German, surely instigated by Real to save face.
Ozil's stunning form and Arsenal's success makes this the perfect time to look back on a report published by Spanish newspaper Marca on September 4 entitled 'Dad knows best?'
Their report focused on the fact they believed the decision to leave came from his father Mustafa Ozil, rather than the player himself. It was one of series of articles on his now retired agent dad, which he publicly ordered a stop to.
At the end of the article is a quite stunning set of quotes from an anonymous source who they state is - or at least was - a close friend of Ozil.
"He loved Real Madrid, but they have done his head in", said a person who has accompanied the player throughout his career.
"He doesn´t know what he has done yet, but in a few weeks he'll realise what a mistake he's made. I hope I'm wrong, but his father may have put a finish to his career with this decision.
"He was going to be a legend in Madrid, but we'll see what happens when he is training in the rain at Arsenal with lower-level players".
Well more than a few weeks have passed, and Mesut Ozil clearly does not regret for a single moment his departure for Arsenal.
It may be raining in London, but Ozil is taking his career to the next level at Arsenal by becoming a leader within a team, rather than in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo.
As for 'lower-level players', Ozil appears to have inspired those around him to reach his high level, it's been quite astounding.
There is no wonder the person who made the quotes to Marca chose to stay anonymous. Perhaps he knew it was complete rubbish and he was just saying what the paper wanted to hear.
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