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Mesut Ozil confirms Fenerbahce transfer after Arsenal goodbyes

admin | January 17, 2021

Mesut Ozil has confirmed on Turkish television his move from Arsenal to Fenerbahce.

It comes after the 32-year-old said his goodbyes to his Gunners teammates at the club’s London Colney training ground on Saturday.

Ozil will now travel to Turkey ahead of a medical, with the formalities expected in the coming days.

Speaking to NTV, Ozil said: “I am so happy. I’m a Fenerbahce fan. God wanted me to play football in Fenerbahce. I’m proud.

“I am coming tonight with my family to Istanbul, thank God who gave me the opportunity to represent this club. I will wear the shirt with pride.”

He also changed his Twitter profile picture to a picture of his initials ‘MO’ in the colours of Fenerbahce – blue and yellow.

He is to take a significant pay cut in order to join Fenerbahce, and is likely to sign a three year deal worth £65,000-per-week.

But he will receive a hefty signing on bonus of an eye-watering £4.5m.

Ozil had been expected to leave in the January transfer window and would be able to sign for another club as a free agent should the final few details be ironed out smoothly.

Having started the first 10 games under Mikel Arteta following his appointment in December 2019, Ozil has not featured since a 1-0 win over West Ham before the coronavirus pandemic saw football grind to a halt

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He was omitted from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads, with Arteta and technical director Edu insisting the decision was down to footballing reasons.

Ozil was criticised in some quarters when he refused to take a pay-cut during the summer, with no football being played and Arsenal looking to balance the books.

He had signed his deal in January 2018 to become the highest-paid player in the club’s history but now departs on a free.

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