Mohamed Elneny has praised Mesut Ozil for being humble and revealed the German helped advise him on his loan move to Besiktas; his teammates’ favourite Turkish club.
It’s no secret that Ozil is Arsenal’s highest-paid player by some margin, likewise, it’s relatively well known that he gives away a lot of cash to charity, including funding the operations of underprivileged children around the world.
We’re not quite sure what Mo was thinking when he met Ozil, but it sounds like he might have expected the World Cup winner to be a bit up himself given his fame and fortune.
Speaking about his pal to Turkish publication Sabah (translated by Goal.com), Elneny said the opposite was true.
He said: “When Mesut joined from Real Madrid I thought he would be arrogant and full of himself after playing at such a big club.
“However, he is so humble and respectful. He never saw himself above the club. There are footballers playing at far smaller clubs who have got a far bigger ego.
“Mesut surprised me and my teammates at Arsenal, everyone has respect for him.”
The comments are slightly odd given Ozil predated Elneny’s arrival at the Emirates by three years, but we get the point.
He went on to say: “With Mesut, we are like brothers. Before I moved to Turkey he was who I spoke to, he assisted me, I could ask him anything and asked about Besiktas, he advised me on my transfer.”
Mesut Ozil, super agent. You heard it here first. On that subject, we wonder if he might also be lending a hand to Shkodran Mustafi?
The defender changed agent this week and he’s now being linked with a loan move to Fenerbahce, according to Aksam Spor.
Mustafi, under contract until 2021, was told by Unai Emery that he was surplus to requirements back the summer. It looked very likely he’d leave but as soon as suitors got wind of his wages they seemed to back away.
So far this season, the German has had to make do with game time in the cup competitions and the odd cameo off the bench. Still only 27 he’s probably starting to wonder whether a move sooner rather than later might be better for his career.
He spoke a couple of months ago about having to deal with the abuse directed his way after poor performances and more recently reasserted that he would continue to keep his head down and keep working on his game.
Will he move on loan this month? Maybe, but as always, we’re cautious with reports from Turkey.