By Emma Sanders
Mesut Ozil has revealed that Jose Mourinho was the main reason why he snubbed Arsenal for Real Madrid in 2010 amid fresh speculation that he may be lured to Manchester United.
The Arsenal playmaker was approached by Arsene Wenger after impressing during Germany’s World Cup campaign in 2010 but he turned them down for a move to Real Madrid.
Ozil joined Mourinho, who was then in charge of Real and he admitted it was due to the conversation the pair had prior to his move which eventually persuaded him.
“They wanted me, especially Mourinho. I spoke with him on the phone and he told me his ideas and what he thought about me as a player,” said Ozil, as reported by Metro.
Reports in the Sun claim Manchester United could make a shocking transfer bid for the Gunners’ star and given Ozil and Moutinho’s past relationship, it could be a worrying sign for Arsenal fans.
Ozil’s current deal is set to expire at the end of the 2017/18 season and he has already snubbed a £160,000-a-week contract according to the report, and the player’s advisors and Arsenal chiefs are at a stand-off in negotiations.
The current Manchester United boss was in charge of Ozil during his time at Madrid for three seasons and oversaw the attacking midfielder play 105 league games, scoring 19 goals.
So far this season, Ozil has been in sensational form, scoring three league goals and a further four in the Champions League in just 14 appearances.