Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has labelled new Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil as 'unique' following the German international's move to North London.
24-year-old Ozil, who joined Madrid from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen in August 2010, became one of the biggest Premier League signings of the summer after completing a mammoth £42.5 million switch to the Emirates Stadium on transfer deadline day. The fee was the highest ever received for a player by the Spanish giants.
Despite Real appearing content to let him leave, however, Ramos was evidently disappointed by Ozil's departure and was quick to praise the talents of his former teammate.
""It's obvious that he is a special teammate and friend," Ramos was quoted by the Daily Mirror.
"I've always had a real 'feeling' with him, and it's a shame. He's a great footballer, unique.
"Everyone is free to choose the best for themselves, but if I were to decide what was happening at Madrid he would be one of the last who would be going.
"But he has decided, and the club too. We have a great team and I hope it will be a big year [for us]."
Real, who finally completed a world-record deal for Welsh star Gareth Bale earlier this week, are next in La Liga action on September 14 when they travel to Marcelino Garcia Toral's Villarreal.