The verbal punches continue to be thrown between Mesut Ozil and Real Madrid over the midfielder's sale to Arsenal, with the star accusing his former club of missing transparency, trust and respect.
Ozil sealed a shock deadline day move from Madrid to north London for a fee that is believed to be in the vicinity of €50m with add-ons included, and the Spanish outfit's best players have since admitted they are shocked their club would let go of one of their best players.
Ozil said that a phone conversation with Arsene Wenger was all it took for him to decide that a move to Arsenal was a positive step for his career and he has now revealed that in that phone call he realised exactly what Madrid were lacking.
"In some way, that conversation flicked a switch in me and made me realise what I had lost at Madrid: transparency, trust, respect," he said, accoridng to AS. "He told me exactly how I saw myself, how I wanted to use me, what I expected of me."
Reports have circulated that Ozil wanted to leave Madrid because the club denied him a pay rise at the start of the summer. He, like many of the senior players at the club, was believed to have been left frustrated after Florentino Perez put record-breaking money towards a bid for then-Tottenham star Gareth Bale.
But Ozil has moved to quash any rumours that he may have left Madrid for the money, claiming: "I would even have joined Arsenal on a free."
The German presence at Arsenal might also have helped sway his final decision, with the likes of Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker at the club, and Ozil admits that this is helping him settle into life in England on the back of international duty this week.
"I talk to Per and Podolski a lot, they're helping me," he said.