Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has yet again defended the sale of Mesut Özil to Arsenal.
The president was heavily criticised by fans, pundits and players alike for his decision to allow the German to leave and over a month later, he is still defending the transfer.
“Talking about something like Sneijder, when he went, it was difficult and not everyone can play.”
“Özil left because he wanted to. It’s true he said he wanted to go and he brought us an important offer.”
“If he had wanted to stay he would have done so.”
The German stated his decision to leave Madrid was based on the fact he no longer felt he had the trust of the manager but felt it straight away with Wenger which gave Arsenal the edge over other interested parties.
Perez first revealed Özil was unprofessional with a bad addiction to girls and nightlife but quickly retracted the statement after legal threats from Özil’s father. Assistant manager Zinedine Zidane then added Özil was scared of his place at Madrid and took the easy way out while Ancelotti insisted the player ever approached him about his unhappiness.
The war of words that has emulated from his departure from the club is both immature and unneeded. The player no longer felt important to the club and it’s up to the club to make sure players remain happy. He was a fan’s favourite at the club and so they were rightfully upset with his move, as were several of the Real Madrid players including Sergio Ramos, Sami Khedira and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Özil’s replacement Isco, has enjoyed a great start to his Real Madrid career too and has helped deal with the loss of Özil.