Mesut Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut, says that the playmaker wants to stay in the Premier League for another two or three seasons, and insists talks with Arsenal are ongoing and heading towards a positive conclusion.
This comes despite recent reports from Germany which suggested no talks have taken place since much earlier this year.
Turkish outlet Fanatik report that Ozil was contacted by phone by the president of Besiktas President who wants to convince the 28 year old to join the Istanbul club.
That contact was confirmed by Sogut, but he insisted it was not a deal which was of interest, stating his clients desire to stay in England for the foreseeable future.
“Besiktas are interested in Mesut,” he said, “but there is no official proposal that has reached us.
“Even so, he wants to play in Premier League for at least 2-3 years more. Our contacts with Arsenal continue and we are going in a positive direction.”
At a time when there are serious concerns over the contract situations of Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the team’s two star players, this could be seen as a bit of positive news.
The more cynical among us might suggest it’s a very brand conscious footballer and agent playing the game well, but time will tell.
Ozil and Sanchez can both begin discussions with clubs abroad from January 1st, so if we get to that point and there’s been no progress, I guess we can read a bit more into things.