Mesut Ozil has put a swift end to all the speculation linking him with a move to either Arsenal or Manchester United by declaring his honour at playing for Madrid and his intention to stay there.
Speaking to AS, Ozil said
“For me it is an honor to play here.
“I appreciate them interested in me but my decision is clear: stay here.
“I have a contract until 2016 and I will continue “.
It had been claimed that Arsenal were ready to smash the bank for him and the player was willing to move after being substituted in his last game and going straight down the tunnel and on to the team bus.
Perhaps Arsenal were going to bid for him but the rest of it all seems like more fabricated tabloid nonsense in order to generate a headline or six.
Arsenal have been linked with a number of Real Madrid players all of whom seem unlikely targets apart from Angel Di Maria who does seem like he could leave the Spanish side this summer.
Whether that will be to Arsenal or not, however, is another matter entirely with Galatasaray determined to land him.