€25m-rated Arsenal attacker make decision over his future

Mesut Ozil will resist attempts from the London giants to sell him this summer and intends to see out the final year of his £350,000-a-week deal despite being axed from the team, according to reports.

The 31-year-old attacker has yet to make an appearance for Arsenal since the football campaign was restarted despite being a regular in the side before the disruption, not even making the matchday squad for the last three PL matches. Arsenal signed Pablo Mari from Flamengo and Cedric Soares from Southampton during the winter transfer window.

The Gunners are believed to be keen to offload Mesut and his enormous, club-record salary if they can find a buyer, though the playmaker himself is less keen despite appearing to be frozen out. Ozil has told friends that he has no intention of leaving Gunners this summer and will stay at the club even if he is not part of the Spanish coach’s plans.

Former Germany international is determined to see out the final year of his deal and then intends to leave on a free transfer next summer. The German playmaker’s decision means Gunners stand to fork out nearly £18m on his salary over the next 12 months even if he does not play a single minute of football.

The World Cup winner will then be free to begin negotiating a pre-deal agreement with foreign teams from January onwards, though he has already whittled down his options. Mesut has told pals that he will only consider playing in the USA or Turkey as he looks to wind down his career.