Bremen - Ozil going nowhere
Werder Bremen insist Mesut Ozil is staying put, despite Real Madrid saying they plan to make a new offer.
Last Updated: 16/08/10 6:12pm
Werder Bremen have reiterated German World Cup star Mesut Ozil is staying put, despite Real Madrid saying they plan to make a new offer.
Reports in Spanish sports newspaper Marca claimed Jose Mourinho's side are preparing to launch a €14million (£11.5m) bid for the 21-year-old midfielder - €5m more than their original offer.
But Werder sports director Klaus Allofs insists Ozil is going nowhere, and emphasised the first offer from Spanish giants Real was "unacceptable".
"There is nothing new. I have already said the offer is unacceptable, I might say risible," said Allofs.
"Mesut is under contract with Werder and I believe he will remain so."
He added: "We have not received a new offer and we rejected the first."
German media have reported that Bremen have slapped a €16million (£13.1m) price tag on Ozil, who is out of contract at the Bundesliga club in June next year and has recently turned down the chance of a new deal.
The midfield ace, who arrived at Bremen for €4.25m (£3.5m) in January 2008, is also a reported target of Arsenal and Manchester United.
Ozil, who impressed for Germany in South Africa this summer, helping his side to a third-placed finish, has said himself he could make the move to Real this summer.
The deadline for the transfer could be Wednesday, when Bremen face Italian side Sampdoria in the Champions League. If Ozil plays, it would make him ineligible to play for Real in the same tournament.