Jose Mourinho has hit back at Mesut Ozil’s claim that he would rather retire than join Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Ozil has been frozen out at Arsenal and has not featured since March.
He is on the verge of leaving the club, with Fenerbahce and DC United said to be in the running.
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On Monday night Ozil held a Q&A with his followers on Twitter as he welcomed questions from supporters.
One of them asked whether he would rather sign for Spurs or retire, to which he replied: “Easy question. Retire!”
At Tuesday’s press conference ahead of Spurs’ rearranged Premier League match against Fulham on Wednesday night, Mourinho was asked about Ozil’s comments.
Mourinho responded: “Who told him that Tottenham would be interested in signing him?”
Ozil and Mourinho have had an interesting relationship over the years, having worked together at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013.
In his autobiography, Ozil insists he loves Mourinho but explained how in one argument, he wanted to throw his shoes at Mourinho after his manager taunted him.
After Mourinho had accused the player of thinking ‘you’re so good that 50 per cent is enough’, Ozil wrote: “He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round.
“He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me.
“How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.