Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil worked for three years with ex Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and impressed under his management: he two were getting along very well and got a huge mutual respect.
So no surprise that the German star came out to support his former coach after the sacking from Chelsea:
“I’m surprised by what happened with Jose,” he told The Times.
“He’s a great manager. I believe that any club he goes to now he will be successful again.
“I know how special he is as a manager. He is a manager who always supports his team and always protects his team. He’s getting the best out of any player. I wish him all the best for the future, and also that he’s healthy and fine.“