Mesut Ozil chose a move to Arsenal from Real Madrid after his father spent months convincing him to leave the Spanish giants, local reports claim, with the midfielder sealing a shock deal to head to north London on deadline day.
Ozil had claimed in the lead up to the end of the transfer window that he was perfectly happy and totally committed to Madrid, but as Monday hit it appeared the Germany international had changed his mind.
Reports have speculated that Ozil may have been sold to help fund the record-breaking purchase of Gareth Bale, but Spanish newspaper Marca claims that it was in fact the star's father who convinced him to leave Madrid after the side refused to offer him an improved deal.
Ozil's father, who also acts as his agent, reportedly went to the club at the start of the summer in the hopes of getting an improved deal. His demands were believed to include an extension until 2019 and a wage of €7m per year after tax.
But Madrid said that they weren't willing to discuss a new deal, leaving him to tell his son that he wasn't being appreciated at the club and should seek a deal elsewhere.
Ozil's move to Arsenal has left a number of players at Madrid stunned, with Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo expressing their shock and anger over the sale and Germany coach Joachim Low appearing equally bemused.
The 25 year old has claimed that Arsene Wenger was the main reason he decided to make the move to Arsenal and Marca, which has leanings towards Real Madrid being the local paper in the region, claim that the move could be a serious step down.
"He loved Real Madrid, but they have done his head in", the source, believed to be closely connected to the player, said.
"He doesn't know what he has done yet, but in a few weeks he'll realise what a mistake he's made. I hope I'm wrong, but his father may have put a finish to his career with this decision.
"He was going to be a legend in Madrid, but we'll see what happens when he is training in the rain at Arsenal with lower-level players."
Arsenal will certainly be out to prove that the paper is wrong, with the side setting the goal this season of breaking their now eight-season long trophyless spell and smashing their transfer record in the process.
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