Bundesliga - Werder to cup-tie Ozil in Champions League

Eurosport - Fri, 13 Aug 19:52:00 2010

Werder Bremen are prepared to cup-tie Mesut Ozil by naming the midfielder in their squad to face Sampdoria in their Champions League play-off on Wednesday.

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The Bundesliga outfit face the Italian side over two legs with a place in the group stages the prize.

Ozil, who only has one year left on his contract, has been linked with a move to Barcelona or Manchester United this summer after starring for Germany at the World Cup.

Playing Ozil in the Champions League would render the 21-year-old ineligible for another club should he move.

But Werder Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs insists progressing in Europe's premier club competition is the priority.

"Our focus will be on sporting matters and we will not be giving consideration to potential transfer issues," he told Bild.

"Against Sampdoria, we will play with our strongest team."


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