Mesut Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, says that there is no chance that the 31 year old will leave Arsenal before the end of his contract.
The German’s £350,000 a week deal runs until June 2021, at which point he’ll be able to leave on a Bosman, something Sogut says he’s already considering.
In an interview with i Newspaper, he says, “He still has 15 months to go. Until then, he will stay at Arsenal, for sure. He will stay until the end of his contract. There’s no chance he’ll leave.
“He is going into the end of this contract, he will be 32 years old, he will be a free agent, and it’s not a bad situation.
“And he will have probably a hundred million followers on the social media side at that time, his marketing will be bigger by that time.
“He’s 32 so he can still go and play in top-level football for the next two or three years.”
The release of the comments are far from timely, following Arsenal’s European exit to Olympiacos last night.
That will not have been in the control of the player, but it was another game without a tangible contribution from Ozil who has just one goal and one assist to his name all season – despite playing regularly under Mikel Arteta since the former captain took over.
Sogut also doesn’t rule out the possibility of Ozil signing a new deal with Arsenal, but that scenario seems highly unlikely.
“If the club is not giving him an offer then he can’t stay,” he said. “If he gets an offer from the club he will consider it.”