Ozil joins Madrid
Werder Bremen have confirmed midfielder Mesut Ozil has joined Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around €15 million.
Bremen turned down an offer from the Spanish giants on Friday but have now reached an agreement which satisfies their demands for a player who would have been available on a free transfer when his contract expired in 12 months.
The player, who was one of the stars of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, will undergo a medical in the Spanish capital tomorrow.
The 21-year-old did not take part in the Bundesliga club's final training session ahead of tomorrow's UEFA Champions League clash with Sampdoria this afternoon.
Madrid also confirmed the deal, and Bremen's director of sport Klaus Allofs said: "We are respecting the player's wishes to take the next step in his career immediately."
Allofs had opened up new contract talks with the Germany international a year ago, but the player officially rejected the club's final offer prior to the FIFA World Cup.
From that moment, it was clear Bremen would be forced to sell the 21-year-old, who only had a year left to run on the three-year deal he signed when he arrived from Schalke in 2008, otherwise they would have lost him on a free transfer next summer.
Words to that effect from Ozil's father, who told Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper today that his son will be moving to Real Madrid "in any case", may have spurred Bremen on to accept Real's improved offer.