Arsenal star Mesut Ozil regrets his €42.4 million move to the Emirates and never wanted to leave Spain, but decided to push ahead with a financially lucrative switch to the Premier League despite serious holding serious reservations about the deal.
That revelation has come from Spanish newspaper Marca, who believe Ozil was acutely aware that he was loved by both Madrid fans and his Los Blancos team-mates and still harbours strong emotions over pushed to sign for Arsenal.
Ozil was moved on by Madrid to make room for the £86m deal which brought Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu, although there's clearly still a feeling on both sides that the World Cup winner may have called time on his stint La Liga too soon.
Ronaldo still rues Ozil's exit
One Madrid superstar who is on record as sharing his dismay over Ozil's move to Arsenal on deadline day in 2013 is Cristiano Ronaldo, who infamously blasted the Madrid board for selling his most consistent supply line.
Ronaldo blasted: "The sale of Ozil is bad news for me," the Portuguese ace said. "He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal. I’m angry about Ozil leaving."
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€150,000 salary should cushion the blow
There's no question that Ozil has endured a difficult time over the last 12 months, with the playmaker continuing to polarise opinion amongst Arsenal fans over the trust placed in his ability to shine by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
The 26-year-old is currently sidelined with a knee ligament tear but has still been headline news over the last 48 hours, for both favourable and regrettable reasons.
An out of court settlement with father Mustafa over loss of earnings was a bombshell that hit the public domain early this week. Mustafa was his son's representative when a €8m-a-year (or €150,000-a-week deadline) day agreement with Arsenal was struck last year, but they parted ways just a month later over a huge clash in the direction of the German international's off-field interests.
Thankfully Ozil had the pleasant distraction of winning the Laureus Sport for Good award last night, but Gunners fans must now wait until 2015 to see if he can put memories of Madrid behind him and start justifying his club-record price tag before it's too late.