German international Mesut Ozil has claimed that Real Madrid will be stronger than Barcelona next season.
The capital giants finished four points behind Barca in the race for La Liga, and were also elminated from the Champions League at the hands of their rivals.
Speaking with Marca, however, Ozil claimed that Madrid have the capability to topple the Catalans next year, stating: "Barcelona have been playing together for several years, but next season we will be stronger than them. I am convinced we will win more than one title."
The 22-year-old, signed from Werder Bremen in 2010, is satisfied with life in La Liga, and praised coach Jose Mourinho for his role in helping to assist his integration into the team.
"At no time did I regret my decision, I really appreciate my participation for this club," Ozil said.
"He [Mourinho] is someone who talks a lot with great players, especially young people. He is not just the coach but also a friend."