Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Liverpool

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 2 Arsenal

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Ancelotti: Ozil wanted out

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Mesut Ozil's summer move to Arsenal was driven by the player's desire to leave.

Last Updated: 17/09/13 at 17:34 Post Comment

Mesut Ozil: Took the decision to swap La Liga for the Premier League on deadline

Mesut Ozil: Took the decision to swap La Liga for the Premier League on deadline

The Gunners left it late to wrap up the kind of deal their supporters have been crying out for - with a £40million-plus transfer completed on deadline day.

Their gain is considered to be Real's considerable loss, with Ozil having shown during a three-year spell in La Liga that he is among the world's most creative talents.

Real supporters did not want him to leave, even as they prepared to toast the arrival of Gareth Bale, and Ancelotti claims he also hoped to see the Germany international stay.

In the end, there was little the Italian could do to prevent a sale, with Ozil having taken the decision to go in pursuit of regular football in England rather than battle for a starting berth in Spain.

Ancelotti told L'Equipe: "At great clubs there are two ways to react to competition: either you stay to fight for your position or you leave.

"Mamadou Sakho talked to me early last season (during his time at Paris St Germain) and I warned him that he would have to fight to play, and he said he would do that.

"Ozil preferred to leave. He said he left the club because he didn't feel trust. But he never came to talk to me. Before the international break we played three matches, he played two in the starting XI and he didn't play the last one because of transfer rumours."

Ancelotti has also been discussing other possible comings and goings at Santiago Bernabeu, with a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic - a man he worked with at PSG - ruled out.

He added: "Could Zlatan Ibrahimovic join me at Real? It is a matter of age. He also feels very happy in Paris."

On reports suggesting Karim Benzema's days in Spain could be numbered, Ancelotti said: "I can say Karim is working hard and is professional at Real.

"If I have to find one fault, I believe he has to show more character on the pitch. He is a player with a lot of experience of high level matches, but he doesn't talk a lot on the pitch.

"I believe Real will show him trust this year."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

G

ive him 10 crosses and he'll head 8 of them over the bar.

tk421
Where Does Giroud Rank In Premier League?

Footer 365

Chelsea defender John Terry signs new one-year contract

Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new one-year contract to stay at the club until summer 2016.

Roy Hodgson confirms Harry Kane will make England debut

Harry Kane's "incredible season" will reach a new high with an England debut in the next week, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Roy Hodgson urges English goalkeepers to grab chance to shine

England boss Roy Hodgson has urged goalkeepers across the land to grab their chance to shine to fill his injury gaps.

Mail Box

Cry Me A River, Diego Costa...

There's little sympathy for Diego Costa, while one mailboxer has had enough of football by numbers. There's also an invitation to visit Colombia and an ode to Woan...

England Handicapped By Natural Pessimism

The England team will never achieve anything unless we all lighten up. Also, last season was simply Joe Hart's 'Frog Chorus', and 80 per cent was a conservative estimate of turds in the Liverpool punchbowl...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company