Mesut Ozil confirms leaving Arsenal for Turkey’s Fenerbahce
In an interview with a Turkish broadcaster, German midfielder says he’s match to play regardless of lacking practically a yr of soccer.
Mesut Ozil has confirmed he’s leaving Arsenal for Turkish facet Fenerbahce, saying he was “very excited” to hitch a staff he at all times supported and that he was in good bodily situation regardless of lacking practically a yr of soccer.
The German World Cup winner has been frozen out of the London membership for months and was ignored of its English Premier League and Europa League squads in the beginning of the season.
The 32-year-old, who’s of Turkish origin, has lengthy been linked with a transfer to Fenerbahce, one among Istanbul’s three massive golf equipment.
Chatting with Turkish broadcaster NTV on Sunday, Ozil stated he would arrive within the Turkish metropolis early on Monday to seal his transfer.
“I’m a Fenerbahce fan. That’s the reason I’m very comfortable to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce,” Ozil stated. “I’m very excited. God gave me the prospect to put on this jersey as a Fenerbahce fan. God keen, I’ll carry it with honour and do every part I can for the staff,” he added.
Ozil has not performed for Arsenal since March 2020 and his reported deal on a weekly wage of £350,000 ($475,000) was set to run out on the finish of the present season.
“In fact, I’m lacking a couple of matches. I haven’t performed in a match shortly, however I’m bodily match, I’ve no points,” he stated, including he had been coaching with the primary staff at Arsenal throughout his break day the pitch.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2021
In a Twitter submit, Ozil tweeted “67” with a coronary heart emoji, in an obvious reference to the primary two digits of the postal code of Zonguldak in Turkey, the place his household hails from.
Media stories in Turkey stated Ozil will signal a 3 and a half yr cope with Fenerbahce, that are at present second within the league behind Besiktas.
Signed in 2013 for a then-club report payment of about 42 million kilos ($57 million) from Spanish large Actual Madrid, Ozil performed an vital position below Arsene Wenger in ending Arsenal’s trophy drought, profitable the FA Cup in his first season.
However he discovered himself marginalised below Wenger’s alternative Unai Emery and once more by present supervisor Mikel Arteta, who stated the participant’s omission from the squad was for “soccer causes”.
Throughout his time in Arsenal, Ozil has scored 44 objectives in 254 matches in all competitions.
He was a key a part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning facet however after what he labelled “racist” assaults following the holders’ first-round exit on the 2018 match, he ended his worldwide profession.