Turkish club turned down chance to sign €25m-rated Arsenal playmaker
Mesut Ozil has turned down an offer to leave the Gunners for Fenerbahce in the next transfer window, according to reports. Former Germany international looked to be a crucial part of the Spanish manager’s plans when Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December.
However, Mesut is yet to feature for the London giants since the restart and with less than 12 months remaining on his deal, he faces an uncertain future at Arsenal. And Ozil has rejected an advance from Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce.
His £350,000-a-week wages proved to be too big of a stumbling block in talks. The report states that he plans to see out the remainder of his deal at London club, despite his lack of playing time. Speaking before Gunners PL match with Aston Villa on Tuesday night, Mikel Arteta suggested that he still has a chance of getting back into the team.
The Spanish manager highlighted the case of Granit Xhaka, who re-established his place in the side after previously being stripped of the captaincy by former coach Emery. When asked if Granit’s revival could set an example for outcasts Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi to follow, Mikel said: ‘That applies for any player and any member of the staff.’
‘If you really show that when you’re deciding to do the best, not for yourself, but for the team and for the club, I think everybody will welcome you. It’s not just me that has to give the green light. It’s everybody that has to be supportive and you need to feel as well that support from everybody because if not it’s a very uncomfortable situation.’