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Mesut Özil can improve, says Real Madrid star's father

Özil joined Real Madrid in 2010 (©GettyImages)
Özil joined Real Madrid in 2010 (©GettyImages).

Since his transfer to Real Madrid in 2010, the midfielder has benefited from more exposure than he ever had while playing in the German Bundesliga.

His energetic runs and his eye for goal have transformed him into one of world football’s most admired midfielders.

Özil is set to remain in Real Madrid’s plans by going nowhere this summer.

His father, Mustafa, was quoted as saying by Marca.com: “Özil is very happy in Madrid. He loves the club, the city and the fans, which have in all this time been really affectionate towards him.

"In that way we are really happy. Mesut feels very much at home playing at Real Madrid.”

This season, the German star of Turkish origins has scored 10 goals in 50 appearances for Real Madrid.

He also shares the fourth spot in La Liga's assists ranking with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo thanks to his 10 assists. Only Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta rank above the Real Madrid midfielder in terms of assists in the league.

His father continued: “Right now he's playing at a great level, but I think he can still improve. He is only 24, with a long way to go. I´m proud of what he has achieved so far, but he can do even better.”

Özil was hit with bad luck in two of Real Madrid’s biggest game this year.

The German international was guilty of missing a couple of glorious first-half chances against Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid prayed for a semi-final second-leg comeback in the Champions League.

In the Copa del Rey final earlier in May, Özil hit the post and had other good chances parried away by Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

 

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