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Reported Liverpool target Kai Harvertz sticks up for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

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Reported Liverpool target Kai Harvertz sticks up for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

The German wonderkid has hit back at critics of his countryman.

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has moved to defend Mesut Ozil from the critics that have circled in recent years, as per German outlet Rheinische Post.

Havertz is reportedly wanted by European Champions Liverpool, according to Bild, and also gave an insight into where he sees his career progressing.

He said: “Mesut Ozil or Toni Kroos have been and are wrongly criticised for unnecessarily delaying the game or slowing the tempo down. Whoever claims this has very little idea of the game. They are perhaps the best footballers Germany has ever had.

 

“I hope to be at an absolute top club. My goal is to reach such a level. I hope I will win [a] title in the next few years -that’s what matters to me. People in 30, 40 years only remember you when you have really achieved something.”

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When the Gunners signed Ozil back in 2013 for a reported (BBC) £42 million, he was supposed to spark an ambitious new era and similar excitement greeted the news that he signed a new contract in early 2018.

Havertz is understandably a fan – and there’s no doubt that he can dictate games at his best – but he has gone missing too many times for Arsenal now and doesn’t move the ball quickly enough for Unai Emery’s high-octane style.

Of course, sometimes the criticism goes too far and Ozil has been pilloried in Germany too in the wake of the World Cup 2018 meltdown, despite being a key part of the squad who lifted the trophy four years previous to that.

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