Mesut Ozil has hinted he could be tempted by a return to Real Madrid following reports he regrets moving to the Gunners and wants to return to the Bernabeu.
Earlier this week we brought you news that Ozil had reportedly approached his former club to let them know he would be interested in a return.
The World Cup winner has now been quizzed on such speculation in an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca and refused to rule out leaving Arsenal for Real Madrid.
“I am very happy playing at such a big club like Arsenal, which has amazing fans and they also encourage me a lot,” he said. “I am playing very well in London, but in football you never know … We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Ozil also paid tribute to coach Zinedine Zidane and admitted he still looked out for Real Madrid’s results, particularly in the Champions League.
“Zidane was always my idol. I always saw their matches and wanted to be like him. I play in the same position and he is a reference for me.When I met him for the first time in Madrid I was very nervous. Then as he reassured me, he gave me confidence and we had a great relationship,” he added.
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“I think he’s a great coach. He has won the Champions League in his first season, there is nothing bigger than that. I’m happy for him because he’s a great person and always believed in his potential as a coach.
“When I see the matches I want Madrid to win, especially in the Champions League. I’m happy for them. And when they lose, I’m just a little sad.”
Ozil’s comments will not impress fans particularly with the Germany international yet to extend his current deal with the Gunners. However, it must be remembered that Madrid are still operating under a transfer embargo and as it stands, are unable to sign players until January 2018.