Every "Tom, Dick & Harry" has had something to say on the matter:
- Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF) said if up to him Ozil would have been the last player to sell. Nice from Ramos defending the Club that pays him, real professional.
- Arbeloa ( Real Madrid CF ) said Ozil was unique & thought the transfer was a joke
- Cristiano Ronaldo ( Real Madrid CF ) is published in Spanish Sports papers to have said from Portugal that he is angered by the transfer
- Jose Mourinho ( ex Coach Real Madrid ) says Ozil is the best Nº 10 in the World
- Lowe ( German National Team Selector ) says he can´t understand it at all
- Muller ( Bayern Munich player & German Team-mate) says it was a mistake.
However, Football is an emotional Sport & lives the moment. This & the mix of "interests" that attempt to justify their objectives via media & from "leaked" sources add to the emotions & to impulsive comments.
From here lets attempt to look at the "Ozil transfer" from a distance & with some facts:
(a) The Father of Mesut Ozil had been attempting for months to get Real Madrid to lift the salary of his son from 3.5M€ to around 7M€, to which Real Madrid said now is not the moment. The Father of Ozil then went around Europe "selling" his son in order to pressure Real Madrid, & in doing so convinced his son that the Spanish Football Club did not value him as a Footballer. First reason: Ozil was badly advised.
(b) Ozil has got what he was looking for a higher wage. In fact Arsenal Fans should know that Ozil waited until the last moment before signing for Arsenal awaiting an offer from Manchester United that did not come because United was incompetent. Second fact: Arsenal is second choice. In fact the only choice.
(c) Some say the Ozil was sold to pay for Gareth Bale. This is only partly true. Real Madrid bought Ozil for 15M€ & had an offer of 45M€ ( 50M€ ) for a player that was being offered by the Father of Ozil around Europe & a disgruntled player for not receiving a pay rise. However, the final choice was always up to Ozil. Third reason: Ozil unilaterally & independently decided to leave, Real Madrid did not kick him out as it is being insinuated. It was the choice of Ozil ( & Father ).
(a) The signing of Isco had displaced Ozil to a flank, the right flank. The German was not happy playing there & voiced it. Substituted, the German showed his continual frustration.
(b) The signing of Gareth Bale would shift Ozil from the right flank onto the bench. This was the upcoming reality for the German. That is Football.
(c) Ozil is irregular, he plays two great games & plays two bad games. In Spain the term used to describe it is "he lacks blood". This is a handicap for any player, a characteristic which halts your Football progression onto greater Football things.
Thus Ozil was already told & it was obvious that he would be less "a star" & would play less. That he would have to fight for his place & on top of it with the World Cup next year.
According to Ozil the Coach Ancelotti & Real Madrid had lost confidence in him. This is not totally correct. Ozil was lead to believe that the Club lost confidence in him by his Father who was pushing his son to go elsewhere to earn more money, while Coach Ancelotti only let Ozil know that he was no longer "untouchable" , that he had to earn his place, that there were other players better suited in his position & that the only "opening" for now was the right flank that he did not like.
It is well know in local circles that Ozil leads a somewhat "erratic" social life. Although observers say that this tendency has been curbed somewhat it is still present. A personal characteristic that needs to be dominated if your are to be a great Football player.
In summary, there is no doubt that Mesut Ozil is a great Football Player with immense talent & Football magic. An exceptional player which still has some way to go if he wishes to & sets that goal. The decision to sign for Arsenal & leave Real Madrid is only his - Mesut Ozil - encouraged by an "over zealous" & financially ambitious Father-rep that has badly advised his son & is not looking after the true interests of Mesut.
Ozil took the easy way out. Instead of taking the decision of staying at Real Madrid & fight for his place to prove Coach Ancelotti - & himself - that he is better than Isco, Modric & Bale; he thought only in himself, the money, the World Cup next season & to avoid the existing real risk of sitting on the bench & being a secondary actor. These are the real reasons, the rest is just expressed emotions, bad information & politically interested comments.
Real Madrid CF is bigger than any player. The following list of players all left the Club & perhaps worst than Ozil: Di Stefano, Amancio, Pirri, Butrageño, Hierro, Raul, Redondo, Makelele...etc & etc ( many more in the History of the Club) , all of the mentioned names Club legends & World Football Stars, & Real Madrid kept going on & did not fall apart. Ozil has gone, it is history & his Football will be remembered. But Ozil will remember more Real Madrid than Real Madrid will remember Ozil, the German may have made the worst choice of his career because he decided to take the easy way out.