Friday, 3 March 2017

I Personally Phoned Arsene Wenger To Sign Me From Real Madrid, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil Reveals

Mesut Ozil has revealed he personally called  Arsene Wenger to get his £42.5million move to Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013.
In his autobiography The Magic of the Game, which is being serialised in Bild, Ozil reflected on the lead up to his club record switch to the Emirates, saying:
“With the big boss at my club (Madrid) I had fallen into disgrace, although I had not done anything at all.
“I was threatened with a seat in the stands. Suddenly I had to act. For my career. It was not at all possible to stay any more - especially if this decision were not based on performance criteria.

"Therefore I chose, although it was not easy for me at the beginning, [to call] a number, which I had in my mobile phone since 2010.

"'Mr. Wenger' I said. 'I promised to contact you first if there was the possibility that I would look for another club. Now the possibility is here.'

"In fact, my change from Real Madrid to Arsenal was the most difficult decision of my life.

"In my mind was still the desire to become Real Champions League winners. And I wanted to be a world footballer with my fellow players from Real Madrid.

"The journey with Real was not yet finished. But I did not want to miss out on [playing].

 "Then there was this man with the quiet phone voice, the engaging ways and the wise words that showed me that he really wanted me to be on his team.

"Wenger had been watching me intensively for three years and he gave me a much better feeling than Carlo Ancelotti did at Real at the moment."

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