Ozil lauds Zinedine Zidane, but says that there is no truth with reports linking him back to Spain

Mesut Ozil has quashed any reports from the Spanish media linking him with a return to Spain – with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid being touted.

There were suggestions that Ozil could engineer a move away from the Emirates if Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was still at the helm; however he took to Twitter last week to show his support for Wenger.

Ozil again has reiterated his desire to stay in North London and he also revealed his admiration for current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

“Zidane was an amazing player. He did not just play football, but lived for the game,” Ozil told German sport website spox.com.

“I got to know him after his active career as someone who is always willing to lend a hand.

“But that does not say anything about my future. I am only thinking about Arsenal. There is no truth in the speculation linking me with a return to Spain.

“I have watched a lot of games involving Zidane. He was one of the cleverest players in the world.

“He was able to read the game and direct play without any unnecessary tricks and showboating. That’s what makes him so special.”