United's German transfer target happy in La Liga

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Manchester United transfer target Mesut Ozil insists he's happy with life in Madrid after speculation mounted he fallen out with Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.

The Germany international was thought to be a target for Manchester United and Liverpool, but Ozil has reaffirmed his commitment to the La Liga champions.

Ozil was one of Madrid's best players last season, as Jose Mourinho's side romped to their first league title since 2008. The Germany star was instrumental and led the league in assists, but suffered a dip in form at the beginning of this campaign, amid pressure on his place from new signing Luka Modric.

And according to, reports suggested the former-Werder Bremen star had fallen foul of Mourinho, and was benched as a punishment.

But Ozil returned to the starting XI for 2-2 draw against Barcelona at the Nou Camp last weekend, and laid on a magnificent assist for Ronaldo's equaliser in the second half.

And Ozil has now made it plain that his relationship with Mourinho is strong, and that he's enjoying life in the Spanish capital.

"Mourinho knows what I can do and he has faith in me," Ozil told Kicker magazine. "I'm grateful for the confidence he has shown in me.

"Walking around the streets of Madrid is unbelievable. The fans are incredible. Naturally they make me feel proud and happy.

"The atmosphere when I play in the Santiago Bernabeu is special. It's amazing."

Manchester United signed Shinji Kagawa for £17m from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, and the Japan international would likely occupy the same space as the Madrid star if they played in the same lineup.

But Manchester United are still thought to be keen to sign a new central midfielder. With Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs approaching retirement, Sir Alex Ferguson could use the January transfer window to strengthen his squad.

The most recent midfielder to be linked with Manchester United is PSV star and Holland captain Kevin Strootman, although the Dutch club insist he will not be sold in January.

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