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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits he wanted to bring Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil to White Hart Lane last summer.
The Germany international had a big say in Spurs' Champions League downfall this month.
Redknapp rates the midfielder as the best he faced in Europe this season, telling The Sun: "When you whittle it down, you are left staring at the Real Madrid team sheet.
"The German midfielders Mesut Ozil, who I fancied at one stage, and Sami Khedira stand out."
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