Arsenal signing asked to leave Real Madrid, claims Ancelotti

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Real Madrid manager has claimed that Arsenal's new German star Mesut Ozil asked to leave the Spanish giants this summer.

24-year-old Ozil, who joined Real from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen in 2010, left La Liga after completing a £42.5 million switch to the Emirates Stadium on what was a particularly frenetic and wholly memorable transfer deadline day.

Since his high-profile move to North London, many have speculated over the reasons for his departure from the Santiago Bernabeu. His loss has been met with considerable displeasure from many of the Real's supporters, who had no doubt been considerably charmed by the playmaker's passing ability and flawless technique.

Earlier this week, French icon and Real coach Zinedine Zidane questioned Ozil's mental strength, insinuating that he didn't have the fight necessary to fight off the competition in such a talented squad.

Speaking before tonight's trip to Villarreal however, Ancelotti, who is in his first season in charge at the club, has sought to end speculation over Ozil's transfer and has insisted that the German international did indeed ask to leave Real.

In a press conference reported by Marca, the experienced Italian said: "I've heard a lot of people talk about the departure of Özil and now it's my turn to talk.

"Nobody leaves Madrid if they don't want to leave. Özil thought he had a lot of competition for places and asked to leave. It doesn't happen to everyone.

"The coaching staff's decision was to let Özil leave. We received a good bid and everyone was satisfied. We wish him all the best", he added.

Real, who have started the 2013/14 La Liga campaign with three consecutive victories, could be set to hand a debut to Gareth Bale at El Madrigal this evening following the Welshman's world-record move from Tottenham.

Ozil, meanwhile, could be set to feature for the Gunners today as they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

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