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Ozil move stuns former Madrid team mates

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Ozil was a favourite at Madrid. (©GettyImages)
Ozil was a favourite at Madrid. (©GettyImages).

Mesut Ozil's former Real Madrid team-mates have spoken of their surprise and disappointment after seeing the German international complete a move to Arsenal.

The Gunners swooped in with a deadline day bid offering £42.5million for the midfielder which shattered their record.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos said: "Mesut is a different player. If it was up to me he would be one of the last players to go. But he and the club have made their decision and I can only wish him the best."

The Spanish defender then went on to express his personal disappointment of the departure of the German playmaker to the north London team.

"I get on really well with him. He's a unique player and it's a shame. These are personal things, he decides his future. Everyone chooses what's best and he's free to do what he wants."

Having proven himself a key member of the Madrid squad since joining the club in 2010, it came as something of a shock that the Spanish giants were willing to let the 24-year-old playmaker go.

Alvaro Arbeloa, who is currently on international duty with Ramos echoed the thoughts of his colleagues and admitted Ozil would be missed both on and off the pitch.

Spanish newspaper AS reported him as having said: "I'm a little bit surprised, it's a shame, and it's a big loss to the dressing room, on a footballing level and on a personal level too.

"He said goodbye to us on Sunday, but I thought he was joking. He's very different, there's no player like him in the world. He makes the difference on the pitch.

"He'll have his reasons for moving. But we will keep looking forward, we have other great players. I understand it's tough for the fans, they loved him. He is a phenomenon and got on well with everyone. It's a real loss."

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