The Spain international told the Daily Mail: "I spoke to friends of mine at Madrid who told me that Mesut was talking to Arsenal and that he wanted to leave. You think, “How are Madrid going to let Mesut get away?” He’s one of the best players in the world and the truth is you don’t really believe it.
"Then one day the manager said to us, 'We’ve signed Mesut, he’s going for his medical'.
"I was like a little kid. I knew that a great player was coming and that because of the way he plays, he was going to be a perfect fit for us."
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