Mesut Ozil asked to leave Real Madrid, says Ancelotti

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at claims that he was wrong to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal.

Ozil sealed a deadline day £42.4million move to Arsenal, which left a large proportion of Real Madrid fans and star player Cristiano Ronaldo questioning why he was sold.

However Ancelotti has revealed the Germany international wanted to leave because he wasn't prepared to compete with the likes of Isco, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric for a starting spot.

The former Chelsea boss, speaking to reporters, said of Ozil's decision to leave the Bernabeu: "I've heard a lot of people talk about the departure of Ozil and now it's my turn to talk.

"Nobody leaves Madrid if they don't want to leave.

"Ozil thought he had a lot of competition for places and asked to leave. It doesn't happen to everyone.

"The coaching staff's decision was to let Ozil leave.

"We received a good bid and everyone was satisfied. We wish him all the best."

Ancelotti is likely to come under more fire for selling Ozil after they slipped up against Villarreal at the weekend.

The La Liga giants could have done with Ozil's creative flair on Saturday, who earlier in the day had claimed yet another assist during his Arsenal debut against Sunderland.

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