Ozil has been under intense pressure over the last few weeks as he’s fended off criticism of his Arsenal performances with a mock ‘missing’ poster drawn up to commemorate his dip in form.
A source of support for the German appears to be former manager Mourinho, who coached the German during the time the pair worked together at Real Madrid. That support has reportedly come in the form of texts from Mourinho, who has always been quite open over the fact he stays in touch with former players.
“Mourinho loves to keep in touch with his former players, sending them messages and this is what has been done with Özil. Mou has told the German to ignore the strong criticism he’s getting for his poor performances at Arsenal and will make every effort to sign him,” reads the AS report.
So does Mourinho have any realistic chance of poaching the superstar away from the Gunners this summer?
Funnier things have happened in football but it’s extremely unlikely and would take a complete breakdown in relationship between Ozil, Arsene Wenger and the football club to reach a point where Ozil would want to leave the club.
Mourinho has always been a very keen admirer of the midfielder, as have many top coaches around Europe, but it’s hard to judge this is as anything more than trouble making and mind games which the Portuguese coach is infamous for.
“Mesut is a phenomenal player. He’s one of these players that you buy to complete the puzzle of your team. You don’t need time, you need nothing. The player just arrives. You have an empty space waiting for him, you put the player there and you know automatically that your team becomes better,” Mourinho said earlier this season.
A club as big as Arsenal doesn’t pay £42.5 million for a player, put him on a contract to 2018 and then watch him leave for one of their main rivals after a single season. Ozil is out of form but common sense prevails here. He should be back to his best for the Gunners by the end of May.
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