Mesut Ozil refuses to rule out Real Madrid return

28-year-old is yet to renew his contract with current club Arsenal


Sports Desk December 02, 2016
PHOTO: REUTERS

Premier League club Arsenal star midfielder Mesut Ozil has once again refused to rule out a return to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old, who spent three seasons with Los Blancos from 2010 to 2013, is yet to renew contract with his current club, and said that he has fond memories of playing for all-whites.

"A return to Madrid? I am enjoying myself in London, but you never know in football,” Ozil told Madrid based newspaper Marca. "I have nothing but fond memories of my time at Madrid. I had three great years there.”

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He added: “I am very happy to be playing for a big club like Arsenal, who have some amazing fans who show me a lot of affection, but we will see what happens.”

Ozil, who scored 29 goals and provides 65 assists in his three years in Madrid, also revealed that many fans send him messages and ask him to come back to the club.

"Madrid are a huge club,” he said. “I played with some fantastic players there and [Madrid] fans are very loyal and still cheer me on. Many of them keep sending me messages asking me to come back.”

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The German World Cup-winning midfielder also praised the current Real manager and his idol Zinedine Zidane, who he calls a ‘great coach’.

"Zidane used to be my idol,” he said. “I always watched him play when I was a kid and I wanted to be like him. We play in the same position and he was a point of reference growing up. I was very nervous when I first met him.”

He continued: "I think he is a great coach. He won the Champions League in his first season, it does not get any bigger than that. I am happy for him because he is a great person and I always believed in him as a coach."

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