Manchester United and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil, after the German international backed Real's move for Gareth Bale and revealed he's ready to fight for his place at the Bernabeu.
United had been planning a £43 million bid for the 24-year-old, amid reports that his position in the Madrid side was under threat with the imminent arrival of Bale.
However, Ozil has told German paper Bild that he's ready to fight on in Madrid and will welcome a move for Bale: "At Real Madrid, we are happy with every player who strengthens the team.
"That's why I do not have any problems with the signing of Bale."
The superstar says that he will never leave any club because of tough competition. He continued by saying: "There's always competition for places when you play at a big club like Real Madrid. I know how to deal with it. I will never leave a club due to the stiff competition for places.
"This is my fourth season at the club and I have always been a regular. I know exactly what I'm capable of. I feel the coach's faith and I have no doubt that I will be a regular again."
Ozil, whose Real Madrid deal runs out in 2016, has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League but any potential deal now looks unlikely.
The German star will now hope to have a big season in Madrid under new boss Carlo Ancelotti and help his side reclaim the La Liga title they lost to Barcelona in the last campaign.