Ancelotti insists Ozil wanted to leave Real Madrid to join Arsenal

Carlo Ancelotti insists it was Mesut Ozil's decision to leave Real Madrid and join Arsenal, rejecting claims he was forced out

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as Real Madrid boss in June Photo: Soccer.ru

Carlo Ancelotti insists it was Mesut Ozil’s decision to leave Real Madrid and join Arsenal, rejecting claims that he was forced out of the Spanish club.

The Germany international’s deadline-day switch to north London raised eyebrows across the football world, with Chelsea boss José Mourinho the latest name to admit his surprise at Madrid’s decision to sell the playmaker.

Ozil, 24, has suggested that a lack of faith from Ancelotti was one of the factors in his decision to leave Spain, but the Italian coach says his exit was purely down to the player following the arrivals of Gareth Bale and Isco at the club.

“Many people have talked about this issue and now I will,” said Ancelotti.

“He has spoken about a lack of confidence over three games, two of which he started. No-one leaves Real Madrid unless they want to.

“With Isco and Bale arriving, he realised he was going to have a lot of competition for a place and asked to leave. The board decided that he could leave if the right offer came in.

“I wish him luck.”

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