Ozil left for Arsenal in a deal worth around £42 million in the summer and now Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed it was a “footballing decision” to let him leave and for the “balance of the team”.
Meanwhile his departure created a bevy of dressing room hoo-ha at Santiago Benabeau as most players reacted angrily, especially Cristiano Ronaldo who said “Ozil understands him better than any other player”.
Ozil was also the fans delight at the Spanish Capital club, the supporters were exasperated and frustrated at his departure as they considered him to be a key member of the squad.
But, the arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham lifted the German midfielder’s pressure off Madrid.
Meanwhile, in his absence, Angel Di Maria has been phenomenal so far since Gareth Bale has been sidelined with niggling knocks and Ancelotti believes Di Maria’s hard work had been more necessary for the team than Ozil’s quality.
Ancelotti said: “Yes, that was a football decision.” “For the balance of the team I preferred to have Di Maria. He has less quality than Ozil but I wanted
him for his character and his help for the team.
With Bale’s arrival I believe it is more important to have Di Maria than Ozil, looking at the balance of the team.”
Ancelotti also said it is up to Iker Casillas to decide if he wants to stay at Real, but the current policy of goalkeepers rotation is not going to change.
Club captain Casillas currently only features in Madrid’s Champions League games, with Diego Lopez preferred in La Liga, and is expected to start Saturday’s El Clasico at Nou Camp.
Ancelotti however said his doors are always open to the Spain legendary goalkeeper to come speak to him about his future with the club.
Ancelotti told El Larguero; “That is a question for him, but I do not believe he is thinking that,” Ancelotti said. “I have spoken with him to explain the situation.
“When he wants to talk with me, my office is open. For a coach, to explain a decision is very difficult. You have lots of little details which are not easy to
explain. The rotation will continue, that decision is taken.”
Ancelotti also recalled Jose Mourinho’s Benabeau tactics on beating Barcelona and he has sarcastically opined about deploying the same modus operandi on Saturday at the Camp Nou.
“When [Jose] Mourinho arrived he had problems,” he said. “But since then Madrid have played fantastically well there. I will try and play like the Copa semi-final last year, the 3-1, and not change anything.”