Mesut Ozil is close to signing a contract extension with Arsenal, but could be tempted to rejoin Real Madrid one day, according to reports.
The Gunners star is set to sign a new deal, with Arsenal keen to tie the German down, with his current contract expiring in 2018.
However, according to reports in German newspaper SportBild, Ozil retains a desire to win major trophies.
The two clubs mentioned if he were to depart are Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, with the former more probable as Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is understood to not be the player’s biggest admirer.
SportBild add that Ozil’s ‘heart-association’ is with Real, the club he left in 2013 to join Arsenal.
He won a La Liga, a Copa del Rey and a Supercopa de Espana in three years in the Spanish capital, and it is believed that he is still fond of the club.
Considering the animosity surrounding his exit three years ago, and the fact that he seems happy at Arsenal, the whole thing seems a little spurious.
These rumours come amid speculation that Ozil has become frustrated with Arsenal’s lack of spending this summer.
When asked about transfers by publication Spox, he said: “This decision is not with me, but the coach and the management.
“Of course, we all watch as the other teams strengthen and get (to a higher level) in the league. But it’s not my job to occupy myself with it. I want to play my football and the team as best I can help.”
On Arsenal’s sole senior signing Granit Xhaka, Ozil added: “I already know Granit from the Bundesliga, which I follow regularly. He brings an enormous quality and even more potential.
“With Granit were all surprised and excited. We are fortunate that he chose Arsenal.”