Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho doubts whether Mesut Ozil would be an upgrade to the club’s attacking options next season, reputed journalist Duncan Castles has claimed. The Germany international has just eight months of his Emirates contract and has shown no willingness of extending his Gunners stay beyond next summer.
Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, h/t The Express, Castles admits Mourinho is a huge admirer of the former Real Madrid star, but he isn’t the kind of player, the Portuguese could add to his ranks next summer.
Castles said: “Mourinho does like him as a player. He’s got that combination of creativity and tactical awareness that he likes. But the information I’m getting is that Ozil’s not the player he plans to add to the team next summer. He’s already worked out the areas he wants to improve in. He always had a three summer transfer window plan for Manchester United.”
Ozil, 28, has excelled whilst playing in the number ’10’ role for arch-rivals Arsenal, and this is a position which has been cemented by Henrikh Mkhitaryan this term. The World Cup winner would unlikely want to accept a back-up role to the Armenia international, and this pretty much sums up the prospect of the move, unless the German is willing to play out wide.
Mourinho shared a fond relationship with the attacker during their time at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013, and it will be interesting to see whether the 54-year-old would be interested in a reunion, although it could come at a hefty signing-on fee plus wages.