Ozil not thinking of Real exit

Real Madrid playmaker and Manchester United target Mesut Ozil

has rubbished speculation linking him with a move away from the

Bernabeu.

Ozil has been heavily criticised by the country’s press in

recent weeks, with even manager Jose Mourinho suggesting the German

“lacks quality”.

United are reported be keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, but Ozil

does not want to leave the Bernabeu.

He told German newspaper Bild: “When you play for Real Madrid

you cannot think of anything else. I know nothing and I have no

reason to leave.”

Ozil lost his starting place for Real’s 4-1 Champions League win

in Ajax last week but returned against Barcelona in the first

Clasico of the Primera Division season.

He earned much praise for his performance, which was capped with

an exquisite throughball to tee up Cristiano Ronaldo for his second

goal in the 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

But despite largely struggling for form this season, the former

Werder Bremen midfielder insists he is not motivated by his

critics.

“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone,” he said. “I do not

play football to prove something to someone, but because I enjoy

football.”