Why Jose Mourinho is 'highly confident' he will sign Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal fans will have to accept the fact that they are highly likely to lose their two best players in the summer - if not in the January transfer window.

Failure to agree new deals with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the summer just gone has seen the pair enter their final 12 months of their contract at the Emirates.

And there is now a real possibility that they will lose both of them on a free transfer come next summer - and there’s very little they can do about it.

With Sanchez and Ozil set to become free agents, they will be able to choose whichever club they want to join with a host of top European clubs likely to be interested.

And there’s every chance that they might want to remain in the Premier League and play for one of Arsenal’s rivals.

Sanchez was on the verge of joining Manchester City in the summer with Pep Guardiola set to return for the Chilean.

As for Ozil, there wasn’t wasn’t too much interest in the German.

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However, if the World Cup winner is going to be available for free, then there will be no shortage of potential suitors.

Man Utd in for Ozil

And there is a very surprising club at the top of that list - Manchester United.

Ozil to United seems like a crazy move and one that belongs to Football Manager or FIFA but there’s every chance it actually happens.


Because of Jose Mourinho.

The Independent has produced a report stating that the Portuguese manager is very interested in the playmaker. Of course, the pair worked together at Real Madrid and had a very good relationship - despite reports suggested that they fell out.

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According to the report, Mourinho “placed great trust in the playmaker as he quickly realised that Ozil was capable of understanding and executing complex tactical orders.”

And Mourinho is "highly confident" of signing Ozil "based on their previous working relationship at Real Madrid."

And their good relationship didn’t stop when they both left Madrid.

They have remained on good terms since with Mourinho actually writing the foreword in Ozil’s recent autobiography.

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What Mourinho has previously said about Ozil

And what Mourinho has said about Ozil previously goes some way to explaining just how highly he rates him.

"When he’s on the pitch, every time he touches the ball, the ball goes beautiful," he said.

"And he’ll always finds the right man on the right place. So, sometimes, you don’t see him, sometimes he doesn’t go to screen many, many times. But when he goes he is a special player.

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"If you are expecting Ozil to be super aggressive and running miles and miles side to side and to show great enthusiasm and aggressivity - this is not Mesut .

"If you are waiting for somebody who every time he touches the ball, the ball smiles and every time he makes the pass the ball goes in the right direction with the right speed and intensity - this is Mesut."

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