Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he will not be leaving the Spanish champions over the January transfer window—or any transfer window for that matter.
The German international was believed to be a possible transfer target for several English Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Liverpool (per The Daily Mirror), but has stated that he will not be moving away from the Bernabéu for another club any time in the near future.
Ozil is quoted via The Daily Mirror as saying that:
When you play for Real Madrid, you cannot think of anything else.
I know nothing and I have no reason to leave. I do not have to prove anything to anyone; I do not play football to prove something to someone, but because I enjoy football.
The 23-year-old was excellent for the reigning Spanish champions in their recent 2-2 draw with arch-rivals Barcelona, particularly given he had been dropped from their starting side earlier in the week when they played Ajax in the UEFA Champions League.
As The Guardian noted earlier in the week, Ozil was believed to have been in a dispute with Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho regarding an incident with Sergio Ramos—which, in turn, led to the transfer rumors about the German international increasing.
However, following a strong showing against Barcelona in the recent El Classico, Mourinho had nothing but praise for the midfielder.
He stated via the club's official website that "to play against Barcelona, you have to do a good job in midfield because, if not, it makes it impossible, and the three in midfield had fantastic matches..." (per Real Madrid's official website).
Thus, with a strong performance under his belt and the confidence of the manager, it seems that any move to be made by Mesut Ozil can be dismissed alongside with the plethora of meaningless transfer rumors that are bound to dominate the headlines.
The German international has a crucial role to play for Los Blancos, especially if they are to close the gap to Barcelona on the La Liga table this season.
Can we finally put to end the Mesut Ozil transfer rumors?
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