Mesut Ozil looks back on his three seasons at Real Madrid with fondness - and one of the main reasons for that is his time spent playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Germany international struck up a formidable understanding with Ronaldo during his spell in Madrid and credits the Portugal captain with improving his own game.
"It’s always easier for a player when you have such a good understanding on the pitch," Ozil told Arsenal Player. "I knew the runs he’d made and he knew I’d find him when he made those movements. We had a very good understanding on the pitch and Mourinho as the manager supported me and helped me progress.
"It wasn’t just Ronaldo but the whole team - they supported me and were there for me on the pitch. That helped me to have more freedom when I played. Certain things were noticed by the manager too.
"If something went wrong or there was an area in which I could improve myself, he motivated me and I need to thank the whole team and not just Ronaldo."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source