Mesut Ozil has NO plans to leave Fenerbahce despite being frozen out of the first-team picture, insists his agent… but he admits ‘an unpleasant process has begun’ with over two years left on ex-Arsenal outcast’s deal
- Fenerbahce announced last week Mesut Ozil has been excluded from the squad
- Reports suggest ex-Arsenal outcast had spat with interim boss Ismail Kartal
- Ozil broke his silence last week, saying the club is the most important thing
- But now his agent Erkut Sogut insists he will see out his contract until June 2024
Mesut Ozil is making no plans to leave Fenerbahce despite being excluded from the squad indefinitely, according to the player’s agent.
A cryptic tweet from the Turkish giants last week confirmed the former Real Madrid and Arsenal star has been excluded from interim boss Ismail Kartal’s squad along with Ozan Tufan, who was on loan at Watford last season.
Football.london claimed the attacking midfielder was involved in a verbal altercation with Kartal in their victory against Konyaspor 10 days ago and is – along with worries over his fitness – the reason behind his exclusion.
Mesut Ozil is making no plans to leave Fenerbahce, according to the German’s agent
Ozil was excluded from the squad after a reported spat with interim boss Ismail Kartal (above)
Ozil broke his silence on the matter last week with a similarly cryptic post on Twitter, posting a picture of the flag of Turkey and the colours of the club, with the message: ‘The main thing is Fenerbahce.’
However, his agent Erkut Sogut claims he will remain a Fenerbahce player until the end of his contract in 2024, which he signed after joining from Arsenal in January last year.
‘Mesut did not want to make it difficult in the current environment. Since he does not want to leave Ozan on his own, he trains with him,’ Sogut told reporters via Fanatik.
‘That’s what makes sense right now because of the sad events with the coach.
But the German’s agent Erkut Sogut (above) insists he will see out his contract until June 2024
‘Such events are always sad. An unpleasant process has begun for both sides. The important thing is to stay calm and wait for the final decision.
‘I say this clearly here. Mesut will not go anywhere, and he certainly has no plans to leave. He will continue here as a Fenerbahce player for two more years until the end of his contract.
‘He signed Fenerbahce for three-and-a-half years, six months of which he played for free. From January to the end of the season, he didn’t even make any money.
‘Mesut did not go out and denigrate anyone. What happened there will stay there. If his punishment comes, it will be taken and it will end.’
The club revealed in a statement last week Ozil and Ozan Tufan (above) had been excluded
The comments come on the same day in which another Sogut interview – conducted this time by AFTV – was released, in which he claimed the former Germany international was ready to take bigger salary cut than the one Arsenal requested if the club had told him where the money was going.
Almost two years ago, the Gunners asked their first-team players to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut to help the club out financially as they started to feel the pinch of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ozil – who earned £350,000-per-week at the time at the Emirates Stadium – was publicly ridiculed for his decision to reject the pay reduction and later in the year came out to defend himself.
Sogut has now also come to the defence of his client, insisting he would have taken a pay cut as high as 30 per cent if the club could reassure him the money would not be going to another player.
‘With the salary cut, he asked me ”Where is the money going?”, Sogut said. ‘Mesut wanted assurances from the club that they wouldn’t fire anyone. That management would have a salary cut too.
‘If that assurance was given and signed, he would have taken more of a cut. 30%. He wanted to know where the money was going. If it was to buy another player, he didn’t want to do it. If it was to secure the workplace, he wanted to do it.’
Sogut also claimed views at the time portraying Ozil as greedy were incorrect, and insists his modest upbringing in Germany forms a huge part of how he behaves to the present day.
‘From the first moment I worked with Mesut, whenever I asked for a charitable project, he never said no,’ Sogut added.
Sogut also said Ozil would have taken a 30 per cent salary cut in 2020 if Arsenal had told him where the money was going
‘He grew up in a very poor background, with his mum and dad going to work doing cleaning. He wasn’t from a good financial background. Football was the exit from that.
‘His mum brought something to his house in London. It says ‘My son, you are gifted by God. If you don’t share this with people in need, you are not my son.’
‘So this boy has the mentality of sharing. We used our box at the Emirates for kids with cancer. Every home game. He started a relationship with these kids. He was always giving.’
Ozil was frozen out of the picture by Mikel Arteta following Project Restart and did not feature again until his move to Fenerbahce.
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