Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil has revealed how he clashed with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, in a heated dressing room row where the Portuguese boss called the German World Cup winner a coward.
Ozil played three years under Mourinho in the Spanish capital and has lifted the lid on Mourinho’s furious temper, where he was accused of thinking ‘beautiful passes’ were his only responsibility to the team.
Since moving to English football, Ozil has been criticised for a perceived lack of effort, especially in big games, and it’s clear Mourinho took an issue to that at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Gunners’ most expensive player has now lifted the lid on an intriguing series of events under Mourinho at Real Madrid in his new biography. Serialised by Bild, it reads:
‘Ozil says Mourinho shouted at him: You think two beautiful passes are enough… You think you’re so good that 50 per cent is enough.’
‘Mourinho is said to have stared Ozil down as they squared up to each other, ‘like boxers at a stare-down’, before adding: ‘Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward.’
‘What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do.’
Ozil is understood to have thrown his jersey at his manager once and also left the field prematurely one match, which sparked a response from close friend Sergio Ramos- who wore Ozil’s jersey under his own.
Despite all the shenanigans, the pair are said to have a good relationship.