Mesut Ozil flattered by Manchester United interest but won’t move to Old Trafford

by Sam Peoples

Mesut Ozil has rubbished speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United this summer.

The 24-year-old playmaker has been nothing short of a revelation at Real Madrid since joining in 2010 and has already racked up over 70 assists for his team-mates making him an extremely important member of the team.

But the purchase of Isco and impending arrival of Gareth Bale threatened his spot in the squad leading to speculation linking United with a €50 million swoop for Ozil but he has publicly quashed any possibility of that happening.

“I am happy to be at Real Madrid and proud to be part of this team,” he said:

“I have a contract until 2016. It is an honour and a privilege to be part of this team.

“I am flattered that great teams are interested in me. But I have a contract at Real Madrid and I will stay. There is no discussion.”

Sir Alex Ferguson chased Ozil’s signature after his impressive 2010 World Cup performance but United missed out on getting him for €15 million after the German moved to play under Jose Mourinho.

While Ozil is a world class player, he is not the €50 million signing we need. Shinji Kagawa is an extremely similar player to Ozil and he can’t get in the team yet so it wouldn’t make sense for David Moyes to bring another playmaker in when the midfield is so glaringly weak.

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