Confirmed: Contact made as Scholes successor search continues

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Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for Manchester United according to the London Metro.

The 22-year-old German international has enjoyed an impressive debut season at the Bernabeu, and has attracted the interest of a number of potential suitors.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson made an enquiry as to the player's availability, but Ozil's agent Reza Fazeli revealed his client has no intention of moving to Old Trafford.

"We thank Manchester United for their interest, but Ozil is fine in Madrid and has no intention of leaving," he said.

Madrid paid just £12million to Werder Bremen for the Turkish-born playmaker, and the La Liga outfit have been rewarded tremendously as Ozil contributed 25 assists and 10 goals in his 53 appearances last season.


With the recent retirement of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, Ferguson is keen to strengthen his central midfield department with a player of Ozil's class, but will now have to turn his attention elsewhere after he ruled out a move to the Red Devils.

United have also been linked with moves for Luka Modric, Samir Nasri and Wesley Sneijder in recent weeks, but as yet the only confirmed summer arrival at Old Trafford is the addition of highly rated England U21 international Phil Jones who joins from Blackburn Rovers in a deal worth an initial £16.5million.

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