DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 13: Mesut Oezil of Germany is closed down by Carl Valeri of Australia during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Real Madrid Finalizes €15 Million Euro Mesut Oezil Deal

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Real Madrid, Werder Bremen Agree 15 Million Euro Mesut Oezil Deal

Real Madrid and Werder Bremen have reached agreement on the long-rumored transfer of Mesut Özil, the 21-year-old German international.  The fee as reported by FourFourTwo is £12.4 million, or €15 million.

The announcement was made official by Real Madrid earlier today.

The deal was finalized one day before Bremen was set to play Sampdoria in their UEFA Champions League playoff, a match that would have cup-tied Özil had the midfielder appeared.  Instead, the Gelsenkirchen-native moves to his third club, having started his career with hometown Schalke 04.

Özil will join fellow German national team member Sami Khedira as Real Madrid summer signings, with the former Stuttgart midfielder having moved to the Santiago Bernabeu last month.  With Kaká out with a long-term injury, Özil could see a major role in José Mourinho's team once he settles-in.

Özil leave Werder Bremen having recorded 13 goals in 71 league appearance over two seasons.  Now in his second year in Germany's senior national team, Özil has 17 caps and two goals for his country.


Mesut Oezil's Father Says Son Has Promised To Join Real Madrid

According to his father, Werder Bremen attacking midfielder Mesut Özil has promised to join Real Madrid, even if that means waiting until next summer, when the German international would be able to join the Spanish giants on a free transfer.

Özil is in the last year of his deal at the Weser Stadium, and as his father Mustafa told a Turkish paper, the midfielder is intent on moving to the Santiago Bernabeu:

"We promised (Real Madrid president) Florentino Perez that if Bremen did not let Mesut go now, then next year he would come for free when his contract expires," his father Mustafa told Turkish paper Hirriyet.

"He also knows that our word is sacred and that we thought out things responsibly before deciding this.

Özil's father said Bremen had received an offer of €30 million from Internazionale only to have the player reject the move.  Real Madrid is said to have offered €9 million and then €14 million, with both bids rejected by Bremen.

The Germans host Sampdoria in a Champions League playoff today.  Were Özil to appear for Werder Bremen, he would be cup-tied and ineligible to appear for another club in Champions League group stage.

A club could add Özil to their European roster in winter, when they are allowed to put one newly-acquired player on their UEFA-registered squad.

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