Mesut Ozil has had the opportunity to play with some of the world’s best footballers during the course of his stellar career, especially so during his time at Real Madrid – where he played under Jose Mourinho and was also in contact with Madrid legend and World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane. The rumours linking him away from Arsenal continue to persist (via the Express), but in a recent interview he spoke out about his Arsenal future, the qualities of Zizou, and Mourinho’s future.
The good news for Arsenal fans is that Ozil is not looking to leave anytime soon, and wants to honour his current deal which runs into 2018.
“I can never say I will return,” the German World Cup winner said.
“I have beautiful memories of home but I’m with Arsenal until at least 2018. [Arsene] Wenger has always backed me strongly. He’s always there for me.”
It looks like Arsene Wenger is certainly making his prized playmaker feel at home at the Emirates, and while The Guardian say that Real Madrid want him back, Ozil seems more than happy with life at the Emirates. And given his form this season, which sees him topping the assist charts across Europe’s top five leagues with 15 assists already, it’s hard to see why he’d want to leave.
Speaking on former boss Mourinho’s recent sacking at Chelsea, Ozil was quick to highlight the fact that Jose is a successful coach and would get back to normal soon.
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“I’m surprised by what happened with Jose,” he continued.
“He’s a great manager. I believe that any club he goes to now he will be successful again. I know how special he is as a manager. He is a manager who always supports his team and always protects his team. He’s getting the best out of any player. I wish him all the best for the future, and also that he’s healthy and fine.”
Speaking on another Madrid connection, Mesut Ozil has highlighted Zinedine Zidane’s intelligence, and said that he fully believes in being effective rather than flashy.
“I always admired [Zinedine] Zidane,” he concluded.
“He didn’t do tricks for the sake of it. He never wanted to show off. He just played a clever game. He’s the player who decides games. I watched his technique and tried to do that in my game, and a lot of times it worked.”
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With the title race heating up and Leicester not ready to go down, Arsenal will be looking up to Mesut Ozil for safe navigation of their difficult January fixtures. A good showing from Arsenal invariably means a good showing from Mesut Ozil, and with the German’s mood being as good as it is these days Arsenal fans can rest assured their title ambitions are solid.