Mesut Özil has given a fresh insight into how his move to Real Madrid in 2010 came about and how it felt to join such a massive institution as a young player. The Germany international told Arsenal Media on the club's official Youtube channel: "After the World Cup, a lot of big clubs wanted me and you know my idol – the player I always have spoken about was Zidane, who played for such a big club like Real Madrid. They made a big offer for me – they really wanted me, especially Mourinho. I spoke to him on the phone and he told me what he thought about me as a player and what he wanted from me. I believed him and everything he said and I moved to Real Madrid but everything was different… believe me!".
Pressure, and enjoying your football
Özil revealed that moving from a medium-sized German club to Real Madrid was a big step and everything at the Spanish club is magnified: "It is a really big team and if you have talent as a young player and go from Werder Bremen to such a big club, with all of these big players – you just sit there, saying nothing! You have to win every game, so if you win, say 10 times in a row, then in the next game draw at home against a smaller team, the pressure starts. So at Madrid I really learned how to control being under pressure – just enjoy it, enjoy playing football which is what I did when I was a child and what I do now".
Sergio Ramos, vocalist
"I had a good time and my spell there was successful as well, and made some good friendships too with some players; my best friend was Sergio Ramos and we are still in regular contact. For me, he’s probably the best defender in the world. Sergio’s a great guy, a big personality and a good singer too, he’s got a great voice.", he continued.