Ozil family threaten to sue former club Real Madrid over claims his form suffered because he spent time ‘chasing’ Miss Venezuela
Mesut Ozil’s family are threatening to sue Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez over claims that a relationship with a South American beauty queen was affecting the midfielder’s form at the Bernabeu.
Ozil’s father Mustafa launched a blistering attack on Perez, as his son was unveiled as Arsenal’s record signing and trained at London Colney, and confirmed that legal action against the Real president was under review.
He hit out amid Spanish newspaper reports claiming that Perez felt Ozil’s performances for Real had suffered due to his liaisons with former Miss Venezuela, Aida Yespica.
VIDEO Scroll down to see footage of the ex-Miss Venezuela Ozil chased
Happy to be here: Mesut Ozil (right) trains for the first time at Arsenal, with Germany team-mate Per Mertesacker
Dummy run: Ozil really gets into training at London Colney
Limbering up: Arsenal’s new record £42.5million signing looked relaxed on his first day
On bended knee: Mertesacker pulls his socks up as Ozil takes a look around his new surroundings
Stretching a point: Ozil puts his arms up as Mertesacker towers over him
Meeting the boss: Arsene Wenger, Ozil, Mertesacker and No 2 Steve Bould walk to training
Drei sense of humour: Arsenal’s German contingent Lukas Podolski, Ozil and Mertesacker smile
Ozil Snr was also angered by suggestions that personal greed on his part had been behind the Germany playmaker’s big-money move from Madrid to the Emirates.
‘It is clear Perez is not a man of honour,’ he fumed. ‘He may have a lot of money, but that does not make him an honourable person.
‘He tries to pretend that Mesut has not lived a professional lifestyle in Madrid and that I am a father who is only interested in money. Both are completely untrue, and that is why I am thinking of suing.
‘We will consider all steps. The lawyers will check whether it would make sense to take this further, and then we will decide on whether to take legal action.
‘He wants to turn Mesut into a scapegoat and portray me as the greedy parent, when nothing could be further from the truth. We are ready to defend ourselves, because all I want is what is best for my son. That has always been my outlook and always will be.’
Keep ’em keen: Ozil is alleged to have chased ex-Miss Venezuela Aida Yespica all over Europe between games
Speaking after his first Arsenal training session, Ozil said: ‘I don’t want to say anything bad about Madrid because I had three wonderful years there and we achieved some trophies.
The people who know me know how professional I am. I’ve played 159 games – if you are not professional you can’t do that. All the rumours, I don’t care about them. I have a new task and I’m looking ahead.
‘I’m still trying to find a flat or a house. I’ve only been here for two days.’
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