The former Schalke youngster spoke of his delight at playing over a century of games for Jose Mourinho's side, and admits that this season has been a sensational one
Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil is delighted after surpassing Germany legend Gunter Netzer's mark of 100 appearances for Los Blancos, but feels that comparisons between himself and the former great are none of his concern.
The 23-year-old has been almost ever-present in Jose Mourinho's side this season as the side from the Spanish capital finally got the better of rivals Barcelona in the race for La Liga.
"Gunter Netzer was a great player who everyone at Real Madrid still respects," the Germany international told Kicker.
"Therefore, I am honoured to have played as many games as he did with the club. Such comparisons are secondary to me though as I'm more concerned with my performance on the pitch."
Ozil then described how Madrid bounced back from their disappointing loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final to secure the Liga title.
"We had no time to think about the loss, we immediately had to focus on the league. I'll never forget this championship and the celebrations afterwards. We've been rewarded for a year of hard work," he declared.
Questioned on how he has fought off competition from the likes of Kaka and Angel Di Maria to play regularly, the midfielder replied: "We are a team that consists not only of 11 players, but many more. I do not fight against other players, I try to play my best for Real.
"I've played in 34 out of the 37 league matches, and I'm happy with that. It makes me proud."
Ozil has made 104 appearances for Madrid since joining the club from Werder Bremen in 2010.