Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is contemplating a sensational move back to Real Madrid, according to a report on Thursday.
The latest report comes just 24 hours after Ozil was believed to have agreed a new lucrative contract at The Emirates. German outlet Bild claimed the midfielder had shaken hands on a pay rise that will see his pay rise from £140,000 a week to over the £200,000 a week mark, but now the same source claims 24 hours on says he is pondering a move back to the Bernabeu.
Ozil apparently has two prerequisites before signing a new deal. First, the Germany international wants the No. 10 jersey vacated by Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth and secondly he wants guarantees from the club that they are committed to being a world-class side by bringing in other big-names.
And if the Gunners fail to do either then the 28-year-old will head back to La Liga and Real Madrid, according to Bild.
Ozil’s current deal is set to expire in 2018, but reports claim the new agreement will commit the Germany international to the Gunners until 2021. Of course Bild could be correct on both counts. Ozil could sign a new contract extension, thus protecting his value which would see the Gunners content, and he could still return to Madrid next summer.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) September 28, 2016
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted in the past that talks between the club and Ozil are in the pipeline but so far nothing has been formalised.
However, the suggestion that Ozil is open to a return to Madrid has been floated around by Bild before and only last month they suggested the player relish a return to Spain.
And in an interview with Spox last month he said: “This decision is not with me, but the coach and the management.
“Of course, we all watch as the other teams strengthen and get (to a higher level) in the league. But it’s not my job to occupy myself with it. I want to play my football and the team as best I can help.”
On Arsenal’s sole senior signing Granit Xhaka, Ozil added: “I already know Granit from the Bundesliga, which I follow regularly. He brings an enormous quality and even more potential.
“With Granit were all surprised and excited. We are fortunate that he chose Arsenal.”
Ozil is said to be a big admirer of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and the project he has going on in the Spanish capital.