Joachim Loew says he doesn’t expect Mesut Ozil to return to the Germany fold and revealed he’s not spoken to the midfielder since the Arsenal star announced he was stepping away from international football.
Ozil said he was subjected to unfair discrimination following a photographed meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and claimed he was made a scapegoat for Die Mannschaft’s poor performance at the World Cup, particularly by Reinhard Grindel, the president of the DFB.
Since his statement, released via social media, former teammates, including Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer have dismissed Ozil’s claims.
Ahead of Interlull matches with Peru and Russia, Loew was asked about the absence of a player who for so long was the first name on his teamsheet.
“In my view, Mesut Ozil has clearly declared his retirement and closed the door by himself with that, so a comeback is not a topic,” he told Sport Bild.
“Mesut did not call me, not to this very day. I tried to reach him several times in the past two weeks, via text message, via phone. Mesut has decided to take this path. I must accept it.
“Ozil has been my player for nine years. We’ve experienced a lot together. A few lows, but more highs. We’ve won the World Cup. This will still stay forever.
“I am still of the opinion that he was one of the best players we had in Germany in the last 20, 30 years. One day, we’ll have a conversation. I would have wished for him to inform me personally, and I was disappointed at first.”
It’s a sad situation for Ozil, but one that could play to Arsenal’s advantage in the long-term. Here’s hoping the additional rest periods during the season keep the midfielder fresher for longer in our colours.