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Mesut Ozil: Jose Mourinho labelled me as a coward

Arsenal midfielder has stated that Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho labelled him as a coward during their days at Real Madrid.

Mesut Ozil joined Real Madrid in 2010 alongside Jose Mourinho and both ended their stay at the Los Blancos in 2013. Ozil has released a new autobiography in which he laments his fracas with the Portuguese manager.

Ozil in his book titled “Die Magie des Spiels (The Magic of the Game)” which is being serialised by the German newspaper, Bild provides details of a heated exchange between the German and the Portuguese.

“You think two beautiful passes are enough,” said Mourinho, as Ozil wrote in his book. “You think you’re so good that 50 per cent is enough.”

Ozil continued: “He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round. He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually.”

Ozil said he threw his shirt on the floor and Mourinho lamented saying;

“Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward.

“What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do.”

Despite this being claimed by Ozil in his autobigraphy, the German indicated that it was Mourinho factor that led him to sign for Real Madrid over Barcelona in 2010 after the World Cup. Ozil claims he had initially preferred a move to Barcelona but Pep Guardiola’s behaviour made him fend off that interest to join Real Madrid quoting;

“Because of Guardiola’s behaviour, I did not want to go to Barcelona,” Ozil wrote in his book”.

“Especially because Mourinho fought so much at the same time. He was so convincing. So heartfelt, trying so hard. He was the complete opposite of the Barca coach. So I decided for Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid.”

Mesut Ozil has been a key figure for Arsenal since leaving Real Madrid to join Arsenal in a deal reported to worth 30m pounds in 2013.


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