After weeks of speculation, Real Madrid have finally signed German starlet Mesut Oezil from Weder Bremen. The 21 year old has been on Madrid’s and Mourinho’s radar ever since his impressive display with the German national team in the World Cup finals.
Oezil’s move comes at a crucial time for Weder Bremen as they are preparing to welcome Italian club Sampdoria for a crucial Champions League first leg play-off tie that will be played today at the Weserstadion.
Oezil was signed for an undisclosed fee, however, reports suggest that the sum could be in the region of 15 million Euros. Oezil becomes the 6th player to join Los Blancos this summer after Sergio Canales, Pedro Leon, Angel di Maria, Sami Khedira and Ricardo Cavalho.
Speaking to Sky Germany, Oezil said that the main reason he joined Madrid, was because of Mourinho’s appeal.
“It is the next step in my career,” the he told Germany Sky. “I had wonderful years here [at Werder Bremen].
“The coach [Mourinho] wanted me. Real are a strong team but I need not be afraid.”
We have seen that money can the best players but that is not a gauranteee that they will win titles. Looking at Madrid’s squad, makes me wonder how Mourinho will mix and match his team to create a winning formula.
Mourinho is undoubtedly one of the best tacticians in the game today, nonetheless, it will be a challenge especially in the early stages of the seasons to blend his huge squad.
With traditional rivals Barcelona being Madrid’s main title challengers, i believe we are in for thrilling season. The Blaugrana have also acquired a very impressive player in the form of David Villa. The former Valencia hitman who was named as the world’s most lethal striker by football magazine World Soccer in its October 2009 edition, is keen on transferring his goal scoring abilities to the Catalan side.
Oezil will be presented today at 1400hrs CET as a Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
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