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Mesut Ozil has revealed that Jose Mourinho was ‘astonished’ when he found out Arsenal had signed the German playmaker.
Arsenal broke their transfer record in 2013 to sign the former-Real Madrid man on a £42million deal.
Reports claim that Mourinho wants to link up with him again from next season at Manchester United. Ozil is stalling on a new contract at Arsenal and has just 13 months left to run on his current deal.
Mourinho enjoyed a close relationship with Ozil during his time in Spain but the German’s revealed he shocked his former boss by moving to Arsenal.
‘I sensed that this man [Arsene Wenger], who I’d never met personally, had a very high opinion of me and trusted me. Exactly what I needed at this difficult time,’ Ozil wrote in his forthcoming autobiography.
‘Of course, I’d hoped that Florentino Perez would back down and not punish me for the argument between him and my father. That he’d approach me again. But he didn’t. The relationship had cooled.
‘I contacted another club because it seemed to be the only possible way out. Time was flying. There were thousands of things to sort out if I were to actually move to London. Was I sure that’s what I wanted? That this was what would make me happy?
‘Jose Mourinho was astonished [by the move]. “You didn’t say anything to me. I thought you wanted to finish your career at Real Madrid,” he texted me.’
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10