"The only and also self-critical truth [about my Real Madrid exit] is the following," Ozil says in his new book 'The Magic of the Game,' serialised by German newspaper Bild. "My father Mustafa represented me at this time as an adviser. He was convinced that by now he would understand enough about the profession and no longer depend on the help of other agents.
"I did not intend to leave Real Madrid at all. My father and I both had the goal of extending prematurely for a further year. My father then took over the negotiations. He contacted Florentino Perez and made appointments.
"It was not about greed. It was just a fair payment. And at first Real did not match us. But the situation was new to my father. He did not know how to be placed under negotiation pressure in this form. (感觉在帮爸爸说话....)He had not done dozens of negotiations with the biggest club managers, and accordingly, he had to be honest, he had to admit that he had to deal with such a provocative offer."
Ozil believes that it was this lack of experience and his father's temper that ultimately did irreparable damage. (唉....)
"That is why he did not keep a cool head as it would probably have been important," Ozil continued. "In contrast to a man like Florentino Perez, who expects people to dance to his pipe, stubbornness was not appropriate.
"I had fallen into disgrace with the boss [Perez] of my club, although I had not done anything wrong at all," claimed Ozil.
"I was threatened with sitting in the stands. Suddenly I had to act. For my career. It was not at all questionable to play any more - especially if this decision were not based on performance criteria.
"Therefore I chose, although it was not easy for me at the beginning, [to leave]."
The threat came after a contract dispute between Ozil and Madrid which ended with the World Cup winner ditching his dad Mustafa as his agent and testing their father-son relationship to the limit. (心疼)
“With the big boss at my club (Madrid) I had fallen into disgrace, although I had not done anything at all.
“I was threatened with a seat in the stands. Suddenly I had to act. For my career. It was not at all possible to stay any more - especially if this decision were not based on performance criteria.
"Therefore I chose, although it was not easy for me at the beginning, [to call] a number, which I had in my mobile phone since 2010.(所以是堆堆主动联系老爹的是吗)
"'Mr. Wenger' I said. 'I promised to contact you first if there was the possibility that I would look for another club. Now the possibility is here.'
"Then there was this man with the quiet phone voice, the engaging ways and the wise words that showed me that he really wanted me to be on his team.
"Wenger had been watching me intensively for three years and he gave me a much better feeling than Carlo Ancelotti did at Real at the moment."