Ramos laments Ozil's transfer to Arsenal

Chris Davie
Ramos laments Ozil's transfer to Arsenal

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos admits he would not have sold Mesut Ozil to Arsenal if he was in charge of the Spanish club.

The Germany international secured a deadline-day switch to Arsene Wenger's side in a 50 million euro deal, and Ramos concedes he will miss Ozil on a personal level and believes the 24-year-old is a "unique" player.

"It's obvious that he is a special teammate and friend," Ramos told reporters. "I've always had a real friendship with him, and it's a shame. He's a great footballer, unique.

"Everyone is free to choose the best for themselves, but if I were to decide what was happening at Madrid he would be one of the last who would be going.

"But he has decided, and the club too. We have a great team, and I hope it will be a big year [for us]."