Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mesut Ozil Joins Real Madrid for £12.5m

German youngster Mesut Ozil has been Jose Mourinho’s first major signing after taking over as the Real Madrid manager earlier this summer. German club Werder Bremen has revealed that they have agreed a deal worth £12.5 million with Real Madrid for the 21-year-old attacking midfielder.

Following his elegant performance for Germany at the World Cup in South Africa, the 21-year-old became a hot property in the summer transfer market. Ozil attracted the clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Arsenal.

Arsenal was reportedly interested in Ozil even before the completion of the World Cup, while Barcelona turned their sight to Ozil after failing to secure the service of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. Chelsea was also reportedly in the race.

However, Real Madrid faced the toughest competition from Manchester United as United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was considering the talented midfielder as the possible replacement of the veterans like Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes.

At Real Madrid, Mesut Ozil would find his German teammate Sami Khedira, who recently joined the Spanish giants from VfB Stuttgart. Ozil was instrumental behind Germany’s progress to the semi final at this Summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

Mesut Ozil’s contract with Werder Bremen would have been expired at the end of this season and become a free agent. So, Bremen, though initially reluctant, became ready to accept offers for Ozil after failing to convince him to stay for an extended period by signing a new contract.

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