Mesut Ozil denies Real Madrid return, despite admiration for Zidane

The German has been linked with a return to the Bernabeu.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has ruled out a return to Real Madrid, despite his admiration for current boss Zinedine Zidane, in comments to Spox.

The Germany international left Madrid for the Emirates back in 2013, with the Gunners paying £42.5million for his services.

This season has arguably been his best at the club; with him currently on course to beat Thierry Henry’s Premier League assist record with eight games remaining.

Reports in Spain had linked him with a return to the Bernabeu but Ozil has categorically ruled that out despite his admiration for current manager Zidane.

"Zidane was an amazing player. He did not just play football, but lived for the game,” he told Spox.

“I got to know him after his active career as someone who is always willing to lend a hand.”

"But that does not say anything about my future. I am only thinking about Arsenal. There is no truth in the speculation linking me with a return to Spain.”

Ozil’s comments will certainly be welcomed by Arsenal fans who may have been concerned about the futures of their star player after the recent rumours.

They will now be hoping the German can continue the fine form he has enjoyed this season as they eye a late, and potentially fruitless, push for the title.

The Gunners are currently third in the table and 11 points behind leaders Leicester City and will need maximum points from their eight remaining games, starting with Watford this weekend.

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