The German international claims that he “feels physically better than ever” because of the bruising nature of the Premier League; it has certainly not been the ‘easy option’ suggested by Paul Scholes.
“If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d???Or in my hands,” Ozil told Sport Bild. “I am convinced that it can happen.
“I???m feeling very positive. I???m a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League. There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga – I constantly have bruises, but that makes me harder. I feel physically better than ever.”
Ozil has also spoken about the way he is constantly reminded of his Turkish heritage when playing for Germany.
“Only I am designated as ???the German-Turk???. When it???s Sami Khedira no one says ???the German-Tunisian???, no one calls Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose ???the German-Poles???. Many forget that I was born in Gelsenkirchen, and grew up in Germany,” he said.
“If I don???t sing the anthem [before games] it is only because at that moment I am concentrating on the match. And I pray during the anthem for health and happiness.”