Mesut Ozil has reportedly told his close friends that he already knows where he wants his next club to be – but he won’t look to leave Arsenal until his contract runs out next year. Ozil has become a frustrating figure for Arsenal fans in recent years ever since he signed a lucrative new contract back in 2018.
The midfielder was a favourite under Arsene Wenger, but the playmaker was soon cast aside by Unai Emery.
The Spaniard clearly had no intentions of bringing Ozil back in before he was sacked last December.
Mikel Arteta showed more leniency by giving Ozil a chance back in the first team and at times he looked to show some of his best form.
But the coronavirus pandemic has seemingly brought an end to Ozil’s career at Arsenal.
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Since the Premier League restart, Ozil hasn’t played a single minute in the seven games Arsenal have played so far.
He was named on the bench against Brighton and Southampton, but Arteta has taken the 31-year-old out of the match day squad since then.
It’s clear Arsenal are hoping to sell Ozil in the summer transfer window but his high wages have proved a sticking point for interested teams.
Ozil seemingly has control over his next move and according to The Sun, he wants his next move to either to Turkey or the MLS.
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But the report goes on to state Ozil has no plan to leave this summer as he wants to run down his contract at Arsenal.
Fenehrbahce have been strongly linked with a move for Ozil and the player’s close friend Acun Ilıcalı recently admitted the Turkish club are “working hard” to make it happen.
“I receive lots of questions about Mesut Ozil,” Ilıcalı told SporX.
“I believe in the future that good things will happen. I’m not in a position to give details but I know our president is also working hard for this.
“When his contract with Arsenal will expire, the favourites would be Fenerbahçe. We are also working on that front.
“I really wanted to tell you in more detail, but I cannot. We’ll talk about these things when the time comes.”
Arsenal still have a small chance of clinching European football for next season with Wolves just two points adrift.
But they will need to pick up all three points against rivals Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday to give them the best chance.
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