Mesut Ozil has landed in Istanbul to finalise his transfer to Fenerbahce
The Arsenal playmaker said goodbye to his teammates at the club’s London Colney training ground ahead of his move to Turkey.
Ozil was pictured wearing a Fenerbahce scarf after landing in Istanbul
The German rejected a lucrative move to MLS side DC United after being offered a three-and-a-half-year deal by the Turkish side, who he supported as a boy.
A brief Fenerbahce statement said: “Our club is bringing Mesut Özil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.”
Bilgilendirme | Kulübümüz, transfer süreçlerini ilerletmek için Mesut Özil’i İstanbul’a getiriyor.
Club Statement: Our club is bringing Mesut Özil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes. pic.twitter.com/Wt0gR8xRSk
— Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) January 17, 2021
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2021
The 32-year-old has not featured for the Gunners since last March and manager Mikel Arteta left him out of his 25-man squad for the Premier League and the Europa League this season.
Ozil was due to collect more than £7million in wages before his £350,000-a-week deal expired in June – and it is understood the German wanted every penny.
Arsenal, desperate for a conclusion to the saga, finally agreed a pay-off so Ozil can leave as a free agent this month, rather than see out the remainder of his contract on the sidelines.
Ozil has agreed to join Fenerbahce this monthGetty Images – Getty
Earlier on Sunday he tweeted the number 67 in emojis, suggesting that’s the jersey he’ll wear with the Turkish side.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2021
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The German splits opinion, from those who consider him a victim of the whole saga to those who see him as more of a mercenary.
Martin Keown, the former defender who made 449 appearances for Arsenal, was one of the first to suggest the latter, but he has never doubted Ozil’s mercurial talent.
“It hurts me that a player of that talent can’t get on the football pitch, it’s a crying shame,” Keown told White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
The German has not played a competitive match in ten monthsGetty Images – Getty
“For me, he doesn’t go down as a legend, because he doesn’t match the energy and determination of legends that I’ve seen at that football club.
“If he had Tierney’s determination, coupled with that ability, he might’ve gone down as the best player ever to play for Arsenal.”
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