Mesut Ozil says former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo was “very angry” with the Spanish club following his £42 million transfer to Arsenal.
Ozil, who joined the Gunners on deadline day in 2013, led La Liga in assists during the season before his departure to the Premier League, and the German international claims Ronaldo was incensed by the decision to allow him to leave.
“The sale of Özil is bad news for me,” Ozil recounted the Portugese saying in an interview with Spanish publication AS. “He was the player who best understood my movements in front of goal. I’m very angry that Özil is being sold.”
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder said at the time he no longer felt valued at Real Madrid following the arrivals of Gareth Bale and Isco, and that led to him accepting a call from Arsenal and then-manager Arsene Wenger.
“During the weekend I [believed I] would be staying at Real Madrid but later I realized that the manager [Carlo Ancelotti] and the board didn’t have faith in me,” Ozil said.
“I’m a player who needs that trust in me and that’s what I felt from Arsenal, that’s the reason I decided to join the club.”
Ozil has gone on to play 149 times for Arsenal, winning three FA Cups. He signed a new contract with the club in February, believed to be the most lucrative in its history, and will remain in north London until at least 2021.