With few months on his current contract, Mesul Ozil may be making his way to North London to team up with his former Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho. Though still a speculation, the idea of a possible re-union between the World Cup winner and the Special One is definitely one many never saw coming. But then, there’s no strong indication of a continued stay at Old Trafford for the 28-year-old, given his alleged inconsistent work rate and cat-and-dog relationship with Arsene Wenger.
Ozil has not particularly had a wonderful campaign since the beginning of the season. Over time, he has been heavily criticized by the Arsenal fans for his inability to perform in the big games. But according to reports, it looks like the gunners playmaker is set to leave the club as his contract expires at the end of the season.
Apart from Manchester United, it is also speculated that Ozil could be heading back to the Bundesliga. It is also believed that Serie A giants, Inter Milan might also be interested.
But then, it doesn’t look like any of these deals will click considering the financial implication involved. It’s hard to find any club in the German premier league that would be able to meet the demands required to see the deal through. Arsenal has placed a huge price tag on the Portuguese which makes him only available to the big spenders. Even if Inter were to meet Arsenal’s offer, paying the 28-year-old £330,000 every week may be a big problem, which makes Manchester United a possible destination in January’s transfer market.
But even if the Red Devils fail to sign Ozil in January, there would be clubs that wouldn’t mind signing him over as a free agent when his contract expires. Even if no club comes on, it is likely his current club will offer him a new deal.
Talking about Mourinho and his intention to lure Ozil to Old Trafford, it’s still uncertain how both manager and player will thrive together on the same team considering their history. Ozil relationship with the Special One in Real Madrid was everything but cool, but neither is the one he shares with his current boss, Arsene Wenger any better.
Perhaps, Ozil’s account of Jose in his autobiography paints a clearer picture of the degree of insight he had with the manager when he was at Madrid. Putting it in the simplest sense, the two were no lesser than a butcher and vegetarian always gunning for the same piece of meat. Of course, the latter is Ozil while Mourinho was obviously the dominant one as always. Surprisingly, things still worked out for the two.
For the Special One, the 28-year-old was always falling out in the big games. According to him, Ozil was complacent with his performance when it was obvious he could do more. In voicing his discontentment with the 28-year-old in a comment, Mourinho angrily accused Ozil of deliberately avoiding tackles and playing too comfortably. He even went on to shamelessly show the German how to tackle an opponent; of course, this was in a dressing room. Sometimes, before and between matches, the two were always caught eyeballing each other. It was even worse in the dressing room, as Mourinho always found it easy to pick on the German player.
Being a quiet and gentle person, Ozil always stayed on the receiving end and never really showed any intense feelings or reaction towards his boss. But then, Mourinho is not one that would take things calmly. So, he continued to pester the 28-year-old to improve his “soft” performance. However, Ozil soon reacted when the cunning manager failed to stop. One day in the dressing room, he literally removed his jersey and off it went to the feet of Jose Mourinho, asking him to pick it up and wear it in his place…maybe; he would do a better job playing his role on the field. But then, trust the Portuguese to dismiss the suggestion with a scotching chuckle.
This is just a bit of the kind of pain Ozil had to pass through while playing under Mourinho. To say he was always pissed with his coach’s frequent insults of cowardice would be mild…Ozil was practically losing it. He looked forward to a time when Mourinho would finally leave him in peace. But it seemed like such a day was never coming forth. But even then, Ozil was full of admiration for the Portuguese and his coaching stunt.
Amidst the frequent fallouts between player and manager, Ozil still made some remarkable achievements under Mourinho. In his first year, he was able to net in ten goals with twenty eight assists to his credit. While in the second year, it was seven goals and twenty nine assists helping the team to win the league-a record that no playmaker in his stead in La Liga was able to overturn.
But overtime, Ozil has undoubtedly developed a pattern of play that often makes him missing in some games even while on the pitch. Recently, his performance was branded as “disgraceful” by Gary Neville who obviously felt the German could do better.
But then, the 28-year-old is still a big shot. At least, for now, no other player in the Premier League has been able to measure up to his record. In terms of the number of total assists created since he moved to the English top flight.
While he may not have shared a spectacular relationship with the Special One while in Madrid, Mourinho has come off on certain occasion to idolize the German. Not long ago, the Portuguese was said to compare Ozil to Zidane after describing him as the best playmaker in the world.
We don’t need a soothsayer to tell that Ozil definitely fared better under Mourinho than he has under Wenger. So, on whether, a possible reunion between Ozil and Mourinho would work out-the answer is obvious. However, the question still remains on how Ozil is going to cope with the intense work rate at Old Trafford. It may just be another dog to dog fight!