Former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says Cristiano Ronaldo could still be at Real Madrid if the club kept Mesut Ozil.
Ozil left Santiago Bernabeu in 2013, joining Premier League side Arsenal with Ronaldo also leaving the club in 2018 to sign for Italian giants Juventus. And Mertesacker thinks, Ronaldo, who has helped Juve win eighth consecutive Serie A title would still be at Madrid if Mesut was still playing for the Spanish side.
“Mesut makes Arsenal a better team when he is in top form. With his offensive strengths, he could improve every European team,” Mertesacker told DAZN.
“What he certainly has to work on is his play when without the ball. European-level teams know exactly how to defend, which positions they need to be in.
“But even a Modric struggles to maintain his level after a top year. It would have been a big challenge for Mesut. But Ronaldo might have stayed with Real because he would always get the best assists [from Ozil].”
Ozil, who has been linked with a move away from Emirates in the summer revealed he will be at the club come next season.