Mesut Ozil has revealed Jose Mourinho called him ‘a coward’ during a heated dressing-room argument while the pair were at Real Madrid.
The German playmaker was a key part of Mourinho’s side at the Bernabeu across the Portuguese Coach’s three seasons in charge but details of a fiery discussion have been revealed by the Arsenal midfielder in a new autobiography being serialised in Blind.
“You think two beautiful passes are enough… You think you’re so good that fifty percent is enough,” Mourinho reportedly blasted at Ozil.
“He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back,” the midfielder writes. “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.”
Ozil then continues that he threw his Madrid shirt at the Coach, who responded: “Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward.
“What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do.”