Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is reportedly in regular contact with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho – with his Gunners contract due to expire at the end of the season.

As per The Manchester Evening News, the World Cup winner shares a ‘special relationship’ with Mourinho whom he regards as the best manager he has worked with. Mourinho had coached Ozil during a three-year period at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013, and the pair have since kept a close bond, although they have had their differences.

Ozil’s present deal at the Emirates lasts until June 2018, and the Gunners are yet to reach an agreement over a potential extension beyond this period. The attacker is said to want a 30 percent increment on his present £154,000-a-week salary, and this has not been agreed upon since the last negotiation in March.

The 29-year-old’s relationship with Mourinho has been well documented over the years, and it is reported that the Portuguese tactician required just two hours’ notice to write the foreword for Ozil’s autobiography earlier this year.

Despite this, The Manchester Evening News claims that the Red Devils are yet to make any sort of contact with the player’s representative, although there is a suggestion that Ozil would only consider moves to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United after his Emirates exit.

Ozil started the campaign for the Gunners in a relatively slow fashion as he struggled with injuries and a lack of form. However, he appeared to return to his old self in the 5-2 thumping of Everton, where he provided a goal and assist on top of an impressive range of passing.

The Germany international was rested for the midweek League Cup win over Norwich City alongside several other first-team players, but he is in line to feature in the Premier League outing against Swansea City this weekend.

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