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Ancelotti: Ozil wanted to leave Madrid

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We all have heard Mesut Ozil’s version of leaving Real Madrid and consequently his decision to join Arsenal on the transfer deadline day. The German international who joined Arsenal on a club record signing had stated his reasons earlier why chose to leave Madrid.


The 24-year-old said that he felt he was lacking in the trust of his manager at Madrid, especially with the arrival of new signing Gareth Bale. It was also reported that Arsene Wenger personally called Ozil and convinced the German to join his Red brigade at the Emirates.

But it was all silent on the Madrid front about Ozil’s transfer. When asked about Ozil’s move to Arsenal, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti chose to break the silence and stated that Ozil wanted to leave Madrid (rather than Madrid wanted to sell him) as he didn’t want to face the competition in the side. He said as quoted in the Spanish newspaper AS:

“Many people have talked about this issue and now I will. He has spoken about a lack of confidence over three games, two of which he started. No-one leaves Real Madrid unless they want to.

“With Isco and Bale arriving, he realised he was going to have a lot of competition for a place and asked to leave. The board decided that he could leave if the right offer came in. I wish him luck.”

Well, certainly Arsenal fans hardly care about Ancelotti’s version of Ozil’s transfer. Put simply, Ozil is now a Gunner and the fans are living/sinking/dreaming in his aura at the moment. The German star started against Sunderland and took only 11 minutes to open his assist-account. He received an air-borne ball from Gibbs superbly and crossed it to the path of Olivier Giroud, who could do nothing but slot it home.

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