August 14th, 2010

Real Madrid's bid for Ozil turned down

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) -- Werder Bremen turned down an offer from Real Madrid for Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, the La Liga side's coach Jose Mourinho said on Friday.

"He's a great player and I'd be happy if he came to us but his coach (Thomas Schaaf) said no," Mourinho told reporters after watching his side beat Bayern Munich in a testimonial for former Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer.

The 21-year-old playmaker, part of an exciting World Cup team who finished third in this year's finals in South Africa, has been the target of several major European clubs.

"Now we have to see how it goes on from here. It would be great if he came to us," added Mourinho, hinting Real had not yet given up on the youngster, whose contract runs to 2011.

Mourinho's arrival at the Bernabeu has raised expectations that the Spanish league's big spenders can end Barcelona's two-year reign and Ozil's Germany team mate Sami Khedira has already joined the Madrid club since the World Cup.

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I want him at Real damn it! :(


Captain Fantastic has spoken

The skipper feels there is a real buzz reverberating around Melwood at the moment and reckons the 2010-11 campaign will provide the players with the perfect opportunity to show their true worth.

"When you are captain of Liverpool, every single day you have got something to prove," said Gerrard.

"When you have a new manager and new players coming in, the demands on you to prove yourself intensify.

"Jamie Carragher, Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres are the same. At Liverpool Football Club there is no time to relax. You are expected to win every game you play and perform to your maximum every time you pull on a Red shirt.

"We've had some highs in the last couple of years but no trophies and that needs to change.

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