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Mourinho surprised by Ozil sale

September 13, 2013
By Miguel Delaney

Jose Mourinho has said he is surprised that Real Madrid sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, but feels Tottenham Hotspur were “kings of the transfer window”.

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APMesut Ozil signed for Arsenal for £42.5 million.

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The Chelsea boss worked with Ozil for three years at the Bernabeu and believes it is healthy for the Premier League that a player of such quality comes to the England.

“I am surprised [Real sold Ozil]. That’s football, that’s the market," he said. "Real Madrid have a lot of great players. Selling them doesn’t mean they have become a weaker team. Mesut left a big, big club but comes to the biggest league in the world and a club with big ambitions. If Mesut did it, he was happy to do it. Real Madrid sold, it was good for them.

“I don’t want to speak about Mesut. Good memories, three years, fantastic relationship and very good player. I wish him well, but not so well as he’s now a direct opponent, but happy that players like him come to the Premier League. We have to keep the good ones and bring in good ones. Good for our league.”

Mourinho, however, felt that no-one performed as well as Spurs in the window. Andre Villas-Boas sold Gareth Bale for €100 million but brought in seven players.

“Tottenham are the champions [of the market] by a distance. By a distance," he insisted. "They bought six, seven, eight players, international players for their countries, big countries, almost all of them. Tottenham were the kings of the transfer window. They have a fantastic squad.”

Whatever the changing conditions of the league, Mourinho joked about the changing conditions of the planet when asked his opinion on a winter World Cup in 2022: “With climate changes, probably at that time summer becomes winter and winter becomes summer, so maybe it’s not a problem!”

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