The agent of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, Dr Erkut Sogut, has rejected speculation surrounding the Gunners no 10 with a move away North-London and says his client future belongs at the club.
The 30-year old midfielder is contracted to Arsenal until the end of the 2020-21 season but has been speculated to want a move away as he struggles to secure playing time under new Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
Niggling injuries have had an impact in his nonappearance from the team however Emery has also left him for “tactical reasons” on more than two matches.
He is as of now on the sidelines with a knee injury which has kept him out of Arsenal’s last two Premier League game against Liverpool and Fulham, though it is indistinct whether he would return straight into Emery’s first 11.
The German-playmaker was named on the bench for Arsenal’s loss Southampton while he was discarded from the squad for the Gunners’ Carabao Cup quarter-last home defeat to Tottenham, though he returned to lead the side against Burnley on December 23 where he secures his second league assists of the season.
Emery as of late insisted that Arsenal still “need” Ozil, but with the growing speculation over his future has proceeded in the midst of rumoured interest from Real Madrid while he was substituted at half-time in their Boxing Day draw with Brighton.
However, the German playmaker’s agent has revealed that his client remains committed to the club and could even stay beyond his present contract, which will expire in 2021.
“I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football,” he told Goal.
“Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind. He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer.
“Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.
“He is proud to wear the shirt and honoured to represent Arsenal on and off the pitch. He takes his responsibilities – including being selected as one of the captains this season – very seriously and has a great relationship with his team-mates, the staff and fans.”
Lots of critics have the notion that Ozil would choose to remain at the Emirate because of financial gain, a lucrative contract reported to be £350,000, but his agent mocked the theory.
“In the last year, there has been an enormous upheaval for everybody at the club and the first half of this season has not been perfect for Mesut.
“He has suffered from injuries and illness and is working hard to adapt to the different system employed by head coach Unai Emery. This may take time, but Mesut will give everything he has to help make it work and bring success to Arsenal.”
“People might say I only have Mesut’s best interests at heart, but this is not true. I also represented Arsenal in his contract renewal and in other deals, too.
“This information is publicly available and I am acutely aware of my professional duty on this front. I do want the best for my client, of course, but I want the best for Arsenal as well.
“Mesut has faced criticism and obstacles throughout his career, but he has always responded and behaved in a positive and dignified manner.
“He does not feel the need to speak personally because he is focusing all of his efforts on getting fully fit, improving his form and consistency, and letting his football do the talking.”
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