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Jul, 18, 2013

Ozil pleased by contract talk

Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has told Bild Sport he is delighted that the club want to extend his contract, although he does not know yet whether he would accept an offer.

Mesut Ozil looks set to be available to face Atletico Madrid
Mesut Ozil joined Real Madrid in 2010.

Ozil, 24, joined Madrid from Werder Bremen in 2010 after impressing during that year’s World Cup.

The Germany international has since gone on to become a fans’ favourite in the Spanish capital, and Los Blancos are keen to tie the player down to a new deal.

“It’s great that Real Madrid want to renew my contract, it’s a vote of confidence. But I’ve not made any decisions yet because there’s no pressure,” he said.

“Of course I can imagine ending my career at Real Madrid, but I can also imagine playing elsewhere too. The world of football moves quickly and every step has to be carefully considered.” 

With Barcelona already strengthening their squad with the arrival of Neymar, Madrid will also need to make an impact in the transfer market if they are going to compete with the Catalans next season, Ozil concedes.

“It’s been a good start, we have big targets this season but we’ll only manage to achieve them with great players,” he said. “If we want to win all three competitions we can’t expect to do it with just 11 players, we have a lot of games during the season and we need competition in the squad.”

Ozil went on to speak about the club’s new assistant coach Zinedine Zidane - somebody he looked up to as a boy.

“He was my role model growing up. I saw videos on YouTube and I tried to copy the things he did,” he said. “He was a great player, and now I can tell you that he is a great person too.”

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