Ozil congratulates Gotze on Bayern move

The Real Madrid midfielder said he is pleased for his fellow countryman but he wants the Blancos to finally reach the Champions League final.
Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil has congratulated his international teammate Mario Gotze on his move to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund.

Ozil, who himself has been linked with the Bundesliga giant in the past, will line up against Gotze when the two sides play in their Champions League semifinal. Ozil admitted he had no idea the transfer was going ahead.

"Of course I did not know," he told reporters on Tuesday. "But I am happy for him because he is a good friend and a great footballer."

The Blancos have not appeared in European soccer's showpiece event since they triumphed in the competition in 2002 and Ozil hopes the team can break its recent bad luck this campaign.

"I have been with Real Madrid for three years now and it is the third time we are in the semifinals," he added. "Now we finally want to reach the final."

The Germany international has netted four times in his last three matches, including twice against Betis on Saturday, and he is hoping he can continue his good form against Jurgen Klopp's side.

He added: "I am happy that I am scoring at the moment. The team effort is important, but I am happy that I am scoring more lately."