Mesut Özil’s father and agent Mustafa Özil has blasted Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for not being a ‘man of honour’.
Perez sanctioned the £42.4 million sale of Mesut to Arsenal on transfer deadline day but came under intense criticism from Madrid squad members and fans alike. The world record arrival of Gareth Bale did little to appease the tension after Özil’s departure was confirmed.
Özil Jr. had been a firm fans favourite since his move to the Bernabeu three years ago but cracks in his relationship with the club started to show towards the end of last season when Özil Sr. asked Perez for a contract renewal with a salary pay rise. The Real president rejected the proposal, which the Özil’s thought Mesut deserved after his impressive displays for the La Liga side. The fact that some of the other players at the club were earning more than the German was a factor behind the decision to ask for a pay rise with the 24-year old arguably one of the best in the team.
Those cracks widened with the summer purchase of Isco from Malaga who took his position from the team almost immediately forcing Özil in to different positions on the pitch and even to the bench on numerous occasions. He was moved around to accommodate the Spaniards arrival and he felt that he was losing the importance to the team and the faith of the manager.
Gareth Bale’s transfer to Madrid was the final straw in Özil Jr.’s weakened bond with the club and the La Liga side were looking to recoup as much as the £86 million they spent on the Welshman. Perez accepted a bid of over £40 million for the German which he believed was a good deal for the club at the time but since his departure, key players in the Madrid dressing room have criticised his sale as well as football pundits, former players and fans leaving Perez with a lot of explaining to do.
Mustafa Özil understands why Perez sold his son, as he labels him a man without honour.
“The fact that someone earns a lot of money doesn’t automatically make them an honourable man and Florentino Perez is not a man of honour.”