Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has revealed that he is proud to have played for La Liga giants Real Madrid.
Özil became a hit in the Spanish capital under the stewardship of current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The World Cup winner joined Real from Werder Bremen in 2010 and spent three-seasons at the club Özil winning the La Liga and Copa Del Rey with the Galacticos.
The 26-year-old provided a phenomenal 81 assists in all competitions for the Spanish giants during his time at the club.
Özil told the official Arsenal website: “In 2010, I took my next step and moved to Madrid. That’s something I’m very, very proud of. I was able to work with some of the best footballers in the world and the city was interesting, because it’s a world city too.”
The Arsenal star also stated that another perk was understandably the weather.
“The weather was great – for six or seven months, you would only see the sun. I experienced a lot there, enjoyed my time,” he added.
The weather in London may not be as pleasant but it does cater to Özil’s tastebuds a lot better than Madrid.
“Nowhere else do you have the possibilities that you have in London. That’s why I like to go out in the evening and try different things, not just one type. I especially like Turkish food but am open to trying food from other cultures and I do that,” he said.
Özil is spoilt for choice when it comes to Turkish food being based in North London but Arsenal fans will probably be hoping he lays off the kebabs and focuses on the more healthy dishes the cuisine has to offer.