Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Oezil has thanked coach Jose Mourinho for playing a big role in his development.
The Germany international joined Real Madrid from Werder Bremen in the summer of 2010 and has since developed into a key player under the guidance of Mourinho.
“He has had a huge impact on me. I want to thank him for putting his faith in me. That has really helped me develop as a player. I am very happy to train under him and continue to develop,” Oezil said.
The 23-year-old also praised club team-mates Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“It’s quite easy for me to play with attackers like them. They are always available and are very fast and clinical in front of goal. It’s a joy to play alongside them,” he said.
Oezil has made 14 La Liga appearances in 2011-12, but has yet to score his first league goal of the season.