Real Madrid's star playmaker Mesut Ozil has dismissed suggestions that he will leave the Bernabeu this summer.
Ozil is said to have been unhappy with the influx of attacking players joining the club this summer, with Isco the first through the door - joining in a €30m deal from Spanish counterparts Malaga. While Gareth Bale has been intensively linked with a move to Madrid all summer, with the Welshman looking very likely to join the Spanish giants ahead of the deadline day.
Ozil is aware that he has to play a prominent role this season for Madrid, with the World Cup on the horizon. While, with the production line Germany possesses, competition is rife with the likes of Julian Draxler, Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Toni Kroos just some of the players vying for a place in the Germany national side's first team and squad.
Manchester United and Arsenal are the two clubs credited with an interest in the Germany international and made aware that some of Madrid's players could become surplus to requirements given the players arriving at Los Meringues.
Ozil's father - who is also his agent - reportedly met with Manchester United officials to discuss a potential transfer. Mustafa Ozil wanted €7m for his client, while United thought that was too excessive and offered €5m.
Both United and Arsenal might have thought a deal was possible when Ozil stormed off down the tunnel when substituted for Real Madrid in their 1-0 win over Granada added fuel to rumours Ozil might be unhappy with less minutes on the pitch.
However, in what will come as a massive blow to the English clubs. Ozil declared his happiness and wish to remain at Madrid, saying: “For me, it’s an honour to play here. I'm flattered that other teams are interested in me but my decision is firm: I’m staying here”.
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