Life is hard for Real Madrid’s two new signings
Language barrier a problem for Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil
Jose Mourinho had a Real Madrid debut he’d probably rather forget on Sunday, after a summer’s worth of ‘The Special One’ buzz culminated in a damp squib of a 0-0 draw, away to Real Mallorca.
Questions were asked, none more loudly than why star signing Mesut Ozil and his German compatriot Sami Khedira started on the bench. Of course, Mourinho had answers – although they were quite sad ones really.
Speaking to one of the less mental Spanish sports papers, AS, Jose revealed both players haven’t had the easiest start to their Real Madrid careers:
Life for the two Germans is not an easy life. They don’t speak a single word of Spanish. They only say ‘buenos días’ and ‘hola’. They don’t go further.
The work we do in field is intense and luckily I have an assistant who speaks some German and gives them my instructions. But it’s not easy for them to get my message as I wanted.
Besides, social life with the group is still zero for them. Khedira lives with Özil and Özil lives with Khedira. Their entry into the group is not easy yet, even though the group is young, friendly and easy to deal with. They don’t even speak English well. They speak it a little better than Spanish, but it’s so hard that way. Patience, we have to give them time.
Awww. That’s the closest The Spoiler has come to sympathising with a football player, ever. Still couldn’t quite do it, mind you.
[via ONTD Football]