German superstar plays down United & Liverpool transfer chance


German playmaker Mesut Ozil has played down speculation over a move away from Real Madrid amidst reported interest from both Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Sunday People and The Daily Mail both reported that the Reds were placed 'on alert' over the Real Madrid starlet five days ago, whilst the Red Devils are reported to hold a long-term interest in the player that led to contact with the La Liga outfit in the summer.

And, after reports that Jose Mourinho had warned the player about his future in the Spanish capital, his time could be up with Los Blancos. However, Ozil insists he's more than happy under 'the special one', and didn't want to speculate on transfer rumours.

"I play in Madrid and I am very happy there," he told German publication DHA.

"I do not want to say anything else."

Whether Kenny Dalglish would be interested in adding the player to his Liverpool ranks at Anfield remains up for debate, whilst the price tag could also be an issue after his reported €15 million move from Werder Bremen back in the summer of 2010.

The Merseysiders have since added strength to their midfield, with Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson two big-money additions during a period of spending by Liverpool in 2011.

Ozil would undoubtedly be a coup if Liverpool were able to land the talented 23-year-old, but a move in January appears unlikely.

The same could be said of a possible move to Manchester United, although Sir Alex Ferguson's pursuit of an attacking midfielder has been well publicised in recent months.

After failing to strengthen in the position following Paul Scholes' retirement in the summer, the Red Devils have been linked with a plethora of players in the position, including Wesley Sneijder and Brazilian starlet Lucas Rodrigues.

Tom Cleverley was instead handed he responsibility at Old Trafford, but after suffering a foot injury during a spell of good form for Manchester United, the club endured a tricky spell and were subsequently knocked out of the Champions League.

Failure in Europe has left many to predict a transfer raid in the opening month of 2012, although selling Ozil to a rival like Manchester United is unlikely to be a realistic proposition to manager Mourinho.

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