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It seems that the transfer of Mesut Özil to Arsenal has angered quite a few people in the world of football.
It has firstly angered the Madrid fans, who did not want the club to sell the German International. During the introduction of Gareth Bale, fans were chanting the words ‘Don’t sell Özil’ towards the clubs president, Florentino Perez.
Spanish newspaper, AS, has also claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his disappointment about the transfer to his Portugal teammates.
Ronaldo is quoted as saying:
“The sale of Özil is very bad news for me. He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal… I’m angry about Özil leaving.”
Both Sergio Ramos and new signing, Isco, have also expressed their dis-belief that Madrid decided to sell Özil.
“Özil would be the very last player who I would sell from Real Madrid, if it was up to me. I don’t understand this.”
Isco meanwhile was shocked about the departure:
“To be honest it has surprised me, and more so after he said last week that he was going to stay. We all know Özil, he has a lot of quality and he’s a player who is capable of changing a game.”
Real Madrid are claiming that the player always wanted to leave the club and that it was his decision. In reality, it is obvious that they have sold Özil to help fund their purchase of Gareth Bale.
The money from the Özil deal will help pay back the loans taken out by Madrid to fund the £85million transfer of Bale.
In all honesty I can understand the anger surrounding the departure of this player. He was one of the best players at Madrid last season, and at only 24-years-old is still in the early stages of his career.
For Ronaldo to say that Özil understands his game the best is a huge complement. That is basically saying that Özil helped Ronaldo be the great player that he is.
The stats back Ronaldo’s claim, with Mesut setting up 47 goals during his time at Real Madrid, that’s more than any other player throughout Europe’s top five leagues.
The move is a surprise and it also puts more pressure on Bale to perform at his new club. If his performances are not of a high standard, fans will point to the transfer of Özil to Arsenal.
Angering Ronaldo is also not the best of ideas right now. The 28-year-old is already frustrated that Madrid won’t give him a bigger contract. He is also understood to be annoyed about Madrid making Bale the world’s most expensive player, replacing Ronaldo at the top.
It is going to be an interesting season in Spain.