Mesut Özil becomes a Madridista!
Mesut Özil has signed for Real Madrid C.F. from SV Werder Bremen for a fee reported to be around €15m. The German youngster who was under the radar of several top clubs in Europe including the likes of Manchester United and Barça decided to join Real Madrid following Real’s second offer which Bremen could not refuse.
The official word from Real’s official website read:
Real Madrid C. F. and SV Werder Bremen have agreed to the transfer of Mesut Özil.
Werder turned down an offer which was described as “risible” by general manager Klaus Allofs last week but have now reached an agreement for Özil, who would have been available on a free transfer when his contract expired in 12 months. Werder had opened up new contract talks with the Özil a year ago, but the player officially rejected the club’s final offer prior to the World Cup. From that moment, it was clear Bremen would be forced to sell the 21-year-old. Earlier on Tuesday, Werder claimed they would play Özil in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving him cup-tied, unless a deal was agreed in the next 24 hours. Allofs said:
If a club is looking to sign Mesut to play Champions League, then that club needs to make a decision before Wednesday. If Mesut Özil is a player of Werder Bremen on Wednesday, we are going to play him against Sampdoria.
However, Özil did not take part in the club’s final training session ahead of the clash as Real moved quickly to complete the deal. Following the deal Allofs said:
We respect Mesut’s wish to take the next step in his career at this point.
Özil will undergo a medical in Madrid on Wednesday and is reported to have agreeed a six-year contract to team up with international team-mate Sami Khedira and fellow new signings Ricardo Carvalho, Sergio Canales, Pedro León and Ángel di María.
Özil’s senior career began at FC Schalke 04 at the age of 17 but in January 2008 he moved to Bremen for €4.3m and the following year helped them win the German Cup and reach the UEFA Cup final, before inspiring his nation to victory at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Sweden. He had already made the step up to the senior international side and was nominated for the adidas Golden Ball at the 2010 FIFA World Cup after helping Germany finish third. He has now won 17 caps and in all made more than 100 appearances in all competitions for Bremen.
From a personal standpoint, this particular signing of Mesut Özil, I feel is the signing of the summer so far along with the move of retaining Sergio Canales. Özil is a sensational player and definitely is one for the future.
Para Siempre Blanco!