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Mesut Ozil: Fenerbahce release official statement to deny ‘short-term’ interest in Arsenal midfielder

By Chris Smith

Published: 11:23, 10 July 2019

Fenerbahce have released a statement denying any ‘short-term’ interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.

The former Germany international has been a key member of the Arsenal squad since joining from Real Madrid for £42.5m in 2013, winning three FA Cups.

Why Ozil won’t be going to Fenerbahce: Five key things to know…

  • Ozil has managed 52 assists in 166 Premier League games for Arsenal.
  • However, only two of them came during the 2018/19 season.
  • His poor form has often led to questions regarding his attitude.
  • Fenerbahce have recently been linked with a deal for Ozil.
  • But the Istanbul giants have denied this in an official statement.

But last season saw Ozil manage just five goals and two assists in the Premier League, with the 30-year-old’s struggles leading to links away from the Emirates.

Recent reports have suggested Fenerbahce would be interested in signing Ozil but the Turkish giants have now issued a statement on their official website denying these claims.

Their statement said: “In recent weeks, and especially in the last few days, the necessity of providing information about the claims of Mesut Özil, which is on the agenda, to clarify the situation has arisen.

“Mesut Özil, with his career and stance, successfully represents our country abroad and is an important value known with the identity of Fenerbahce.

“However, Fenerbahce does not have an interest in signing Mesut Ozil. Under the current economic conditions, such a step is not possible for both parties.

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“Our President, Ali Koç, made statements on the subject in the WinWin program held on June 20 and emphasized that this could not be realized in the short term. We present it to our community and the public.”

Ozil’s current deal runs until June 2021 and sees him earn a reported £1.4million per month, with the wording of Fenerbahce’s statement suggesting a deal could become possible at a later stage in the midfielder’s career.

Unai Emery’s first season in charge with Arsenal saw the club reach the Europa League final and miss out on Champions League qualification via the Premier League.

Bettering that performance and returning to Europe’s top table will ultimately be the aim for the 2019/20 campaign – which Arsenal kick-off away to Newcastle United on August 11 – but whether or not Emery intends to make Ozil a key component in achieving those goals remains to be seen.