Ozil is last piece in puzzle for Real thanks to Mourinho

Posted: 18/08/2010 in Soccer
German Ozil leaves Bremen to join Real Madrid

Real Madrid signed German international Mesut Ozil from Werder Bremen on Tuesday, acquiring the 21-year-old attacking midfielder for a fee reported to be nearly $20 million.

Ozil joined Bremen from Schalke two years ago and, after his impressive outing in the recent World Cup, was one of the coveted players in the world.

Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid were all in the hunt for Ozil, but Jose Mourinho added his second German international in the transfer window Tuesday, pending a physical.

“We’re respecting Mesut’s wish to take the next step in his career at this stage,” Werder Bremen sporting director Klaus Allofs said.

Ozil helped Germany win the Euro Under-21 title last year before earning a key role in the senior team this summer at the World Cup. Germany finished third.

“His unique touch, unmatched individual technique, excellent ball control and deadly last pass make the German midfielder one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in European football,” read a statement on Real’s website.

Fellow German international Sami Khedira, Ricardo Carvalho, Sergio Canales, Angel di Maria and Pedro Leon.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)


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