Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil did not want to sign for the north London club, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Speaking to Sky Sports News earlier today, Balague insisted that Ozil did not want to make the move to Arsene Wenger's side, and that Madrid's treatment of the German international midfielder is the reason behind the move.
"Ozil didn’t want to go [to Arsenal]. But for a while he’s been feeling that Real Madrid have not been treating him the way he deserves," said Balague.
"The main proof of that is the contract. He has the same contract he won when he first arrived at Real Madrid.
"Every time that he’s asked for more money, or his dad has, Mustapha, his agent, Real Madrid have said ‘no! You don’t deserve it. You’re too irregular.’ Bad sign."
The German playmaker's £42.4 million move to Arsenal went through ahead of last night's 11pm deadline and was met with joyous scenes outside the Emirates, as fans gathered in anticipation of the new arrival being confirmed.
But reports suggesting that Ozil wasn't originally keen on joining Wenger's side is likely to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of the Arsenal faithful, though they won't care one bit if Ozil puts in the kind of displays that prompted Wenger into parting with such a significant sum of cash.
Balague went on to say: "With the arrival of Bale… [Ozil] felt he’d be the one affected… [Ozil] felt he was going to be left out and it’s a World Cup year. [Ozil] didn’t want to go. Everybody seems to be very upset that he has gone."
Listen to Balague repeatedly state that Ozil really didn’t want to go to Arsenal in the video above.