Jose Mourinho’s former pupil Arsenal star Mesut Ozil admits admiration for Man Utd

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has admitted he admires Premier League rivals Manchester United and Manchester City admitting that both are among the biggest clubs in England and that they have both built a strong team.

“Manchester United and Manchester City are among the biggest clubs in England and will be very strong in the coming season,” the World Cup winner told German website Spox.

United have strengthened over the summer signing Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.

City meanwhile have signed Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and John Stones.

Ozil is of course no stranger to United boss Jose Mourinho as it was the Portuguese manager who signed the playmaker during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

The Germany international of Turkish origin excelled under Mourinho and provided an impressive 81 assists during his time at the La Liga giants, setting up Cristiano Ronaldo with 27 goals.

Ozil was snapped up by Arsenal on a club record £42.5 million transfer in 2013 and has gone onto establish himself as a key player at the North London based outfit.

Despite Arsene Wenger and Mourinho’s frosty relationship, Ozil maintains close ties to the current United boss.

“Özil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad copy,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by Talksport.

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