Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil: Zinedine Zidane tells me to just do my own thing

The attacking midfielder is delighted that the French legend has faith in him, and also insists he is unperturbed by the stiff competition for places at the Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil has revealed that the club's sporting director, Zinedine Zidane, is a keen admirer of his qualities and often tells him to 'just play his own game'.

The Germany international joined the Spanish giants from Werder Bremen in the summer of 2010 and quickly developed into an important first-team member at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ozil has been less impressive in the opening months of the 2011-12 campaign, but he is pleased to still have Zidane's support.

"I often speak with Zidane. He tells me all the time: 'Mesut, you know what you're capable of. Go out there on the pitch and play your own game, just do your own thing out there," Ozil was quoted as saying by Kicker.

The 23-year-old faces stiff competition from Brazil international Kaka for a starting berth, but he remains unperturbed by the current situation.

"Kaka is doing very well at the moment. So I don't play every single game. Jose Mourinho has explained that whoever is doing a good job is playing.

"We have a lot of big names in the team and they all want to play. I want the same thing, though. I am very happy to be part of this Madrid and want to stay put for many years."

Real Madrid are currently preparing for Wednesday's Champions League Group D match away against Olympique Lyonnais.

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