Mesut Ozil has certainly pricked some Real Madrid ears by refusing to rule out a shock return to Bernabeu, and admitting Zinedine Zidane still remains his idol.
The German maestro, who has enjoyed more than three years in the hearts of Arsenal fans after making his record move from Real, has refused to rule out a potential return. However, he has also made it clear that for the time being, he is happy at Arsenal.
But the tone of his latest interview in Spanish media clearly indicates he has no plans to cut ties with his former club entirely.
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“I am very happy playing in such a big club like Arsenal, which has amazing fans and they also encourage me a lot,” he told Marca.
And when asked about the possibility of a return to the Spanish capital, he said: “I am playing very well in London, but in football you never know… we’ll see what happens in the future.”
After scoring three goals along with an assist during the early weeks of Premier League this season, the German midfielder is no doubt one of Arsene Wenger’s most precious assets.
Despite not ruling out a future return to Real Madrid, Ozil insists he made the perfect move to join the North Londoners, saying “I don’t make mistakes,” and also scoffing at the speculations that he has any regret in choosing Premier League.
But the sweet memories of Madrid are still precious to him.
“That sun is… there is always sun,” he said. “I tell you, I have great memories from there, with the club, the city, people. Of course, sometimes you stop and think and well, you can miss it.”
And with Zidane in charge, it looks like Ozil could be tempted to return to Real.
“Zidane was always my idol. I always saw at their matches and wanted to be like him.”
But for now, Ozil is completely focused on the task at hand with Arsenal, and particularly the Champions League, where they are certain to make it to the knockout stages in second place behind PSG.