Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has for the first time stated that the decision by the club to sell midfielder Mesut Ozil to Arsenal was a mistake. The German international was sold to Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window for a hefty transfer fee of £ 42.5 million. This huge transfer fee helped Real Madrid offset some of the £ 86 million they paid to Gareth Bale. Even though Ozil had a fantastic start to the season, his form has dipped in recent weeks. He was a key player for the Spanish club during the time of Mourinho.
However, there has been bad mouth between the two parties after his departure to Arsenal. Real Madrid have criticised Ozil for not being professional, while the German has claimed that it is almost impossible to make 150 appearances in three years without being professional. Ozil claimed that he did not feel wanted at Madrid when they decided to sell him in order to raise money for Bale’s transfer. Sami Khedira recently revealed that he was the first to be subjected under transfer rumours, but the club later decided to sell Ozil instead.
The 25-year-old has scored four goals in 17 appearances for Arsenal in the league, as they currently top the table after 22 matches. He was recently substituted in the 2-0 win over Fulham after a very poor performance.
“I think we made a mistake when we gave him the possibility to leave the club. However, we have fantastic strikers and don’t need a back-up after Higuain’s departure,” said Ancelotti.
Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have been the main strikers for Real this season. Ancelotti has said that the Spanish outfit do not plan to sign players in the January transfer window and it does not exist as far as they are concerned.