Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he intends to play football in Turkey and the United States of America before he retires from football which gives credence to the transfer speculation claiming that the representatives of the 32-year-old German midfielder are in talks with Major League Soccer club DC United.
But if he manages to go to Turkey, the only club the Arsenal’s outcast will like to play for is Fenerbahce, a club he said he has been supporting since he was a child growing up in Germany.
Ozil has been an outcast at Arsenal since football returned from the three months coronavirus induced break in June 2020. The club’s coach, Mikel Arteta failed to use him claiming that he decided to sideline the midfielder due to footballing reasons.
When clubs submitted the players they intend to use for the first part of the 2020-2021 Premier League season, the Spanish tactician sidelined Ozil who has been trying to make the world see him as a Turkish player even though he played for Germany national football team.
Despite being sidelined at Arsenal in all competitions, Mesut Ozil has never stopped to show how much he loves Arsenal that pay him £350,000-per-week even without kicking a ball. He always takes to Twitter to wish Arsenal well before some major games and to also celebrate with them when they win.
The 32-year-old attacking midfielder has less than 6 months left on his contract with Arsenal. If he fails to move to another club during the January transfer window, he will have to leave Arsenal on June 30 as a free agent which means that the London club would not benefit from any deal the midfielder signs afterward.
On Monday, the former Germany international held a question and answer session on Twitter and was asked whether he would retire after his contract with Arsenal expires, the out-of-favor football star said he won’t.
He however admitted that if he leaves Arsenal he would not play for the club’s rival Tottenham Hotspur. Ozil went further to reveal that if he ends up going to Turkey, he would play for Fenerbahce which he said is the Real Madrid of Turkey.
“I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany – every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany”, Mesut Ozil tweeted while responding to his fans’ questions via Twitter on Monday.
“And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in my country.
I grew up as a @Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany – every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany. And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country 🇹🇷 https://t.co/Y3hEba79IO— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 11, 2021
“There are two countries I want to play football in before I retire: Turkey and the USA. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce.”
I definitely will. There are two countries I want to play football in before I retire: Turkey 🇹🇷 and USA 🇺🇸. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce. https://t.co/TL68kUL62M— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 11, 2021
On his time at Arsenal, Ozil said: “There have been many ups and downs so far, but all in all I’ve never regret[ted] my decision to join Arsenal. And to be honest, the last couple of games before the corona break made really a lot of fun.
“I enjoyed that time a lot and thought we [were] really in a positive way. But after the break things unfortunately changed.”