German-Muslim playmaker of Turkish descent Mesut Özil did not leave Real Madrid because he was “exhausted” chasing South American beauty queen Aida Yespica, the ex-Miss Venezuela has said.
Spanish newspapers quoted Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez as saying that Özil’s obsession with the showgirl affected his performance at the Bernabéu and he was thus let go to England’s Arsenal on a 50 million euros ($67 million) transfer fee.
But in an interview with Italian website Sport Mediaset, Yespica said her relationship with Özil was an old one and has nothing to do with his separation from Real Madrid.
“I met Mesut Özil two years ago. Before we met in Madrid in a club, then he came to Milan once. I did not have anything to do with his separation from Real Madrid,” said Yespica, who now lives in Malibu, California, with her boyfriend, British finance expert Roger Jenkis.
Spanish media reported that Özil used to spend $23,000 every few weeks for a private plane to get him to Yespica and that his romantic adventure “exhausted” him at Real Madrid.
The showgirl admitted to one adventure, saying that was the only one.
“Truthfully, I and Mesut, after the meeting in Madrid, we exchanged phone numbers, then one night, surprise! he calls me and tells me: “I’m in Milan,” will I see you?” So I reached and we went to dinner at one of the most famous clubs of the city, without hiding, a place where the outside is always full of photographers,” Yespica added.
“We spent the night in joy, we had fun, then we lost sight of [each other],” she said, describing Özil as “younger” and “even lower” than her.
“Today I know that he is happily engaged,” she added.
Özil’s father has threatened to sue Real Madrid’s chairman over the statement that his son was obsessed with women.
“It is clear Perez is not a man of honor,” Mustafa Özil said, according to the Daily Mail. “He may have a lot of money, but that does not make him an honorable person.”
“He tries to pretend that Mesut has not lived a professional lifestyle in Madrid and that I am a father who is only interested in money. Both are completely untrue, and that is why I am thinking of suing,” he added.