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Monreal: I was surprised Real let Özil go

by Tom Conn | Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013

Arsenal defender and Spanish international, Nacho Monreal admitted that he was surprised Real Madrid sold midfielder, Mesut Özil to the Gunners, but is happy to have the German international’s stellar talent at the club.

Nacho Monreal

In a recent interview with Spanish sports daily, Marca, Monreal spoke about his return to the Spanish national team and look to avenge their Confederations Cup loss last summer.

“I’m really looking forward to the [friendlies]. It’s always a source of pride to be called up. We’ve done the hard work and now it’s time for a couple of warm-up friendlies. We’re here to bond as a group because the World Cup is around the corner.

“We were really itching to win the Confederations Cup because it’s a trophy Spain has never won before and I think we did everything in our power to do so in Brazil. But ultimately we came up against a very strong team in the final.”

The Basque defender went on to add that he wishes to make it to the World Cup and feels playing in the English Premier League has helped him make it back to La Roja.

“Yes. I spent a year and a half at Málaga and I learnt a lot as a player. Moving to the Premier League is a step up in terms of quality. I think being at a club like Arsenal helps your cause.

“I’d love to. I know it’s not going to be easy, particularly because I’m not playing as regularly as I like at Arsenal and that’s a handicap.”

Monreal concluded by admitting he was left speechless when he learned that Real Madrid had sold Mesut Özil to Arsenal, but is elated.

“Speaking for myself, yes [I was surprised]. Mesut is a star and Real Madrid is full of stars. I didn’t think Real would let him go, but we’re chuffed to have him.”

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