- Mesut Ozil’s spell in Turkey seems to be coming to an abrupt end after only 18 months
- The German’s social media activity suggests he might not be making a return to Fenerbahce
- Ozil’ agent recently suggested the former Arsenal man could venture into e-sports after football
- On social media, Ozil released a statement saying he still wanted to 'contribute' to the club, despite being frozen out of the squad
Mesut Ozil’s spell with Fenerbahce appears to be over after the German unfollowed the Turkish club on social media.
Having signed for the Turkey giants 18 months ago, Ozil is set to quit the club after new manager Jorge Jesus said he would not play for the club again.
The 34-year-old has not featured for the club since March, and his spell with the club has been marred by injuries and fitness issues.
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Ismail Kartal, the interim head coach in March, excluded him from the squad after an alleged row over Ozil’s match fitness.
Despite two years remaining in his current deal, Ozil all but confirmed his departure by unfollowing the club on social media.
Kartal might not have gotten the permanent job, but the new manager is also determined to see Ozil, who is on a hefty wage, leave the club
“He is a well-known player around the world. But I will follow exactly what was the end of the Ozil era. The most important thing here is Fenerbahce and it is from there that I build my ideas and the players who come to work with me.” The new Fenerbahce said as quoted by Daily Mail.
But in an interesting twist, Ozil took to social media with a defiant statement on Tuesday, June 21 as he insisted he still had something to offer at Fenerbahce.
'I wanted to make this statement in order to prevent the discrediting of myself in the public and to inform our community correctly,' he said.
'First of all, I make my preparations individually with a special program, and I patiently wait for my time to come in order to meet my childhood love and contribute.
What next for Ozil?
While the future in football is uncertain for the former Arsenal and Real Madrid man, his agent recently hinted at a possibility of becoming a professional gamer upon retirement.
'He will go more into eSports, play himself and maybe become an eSports athlete,' Dr Erkut Sogut said as per Telegraph.
'He's really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn't be surprised if he is competing.
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The former Chelsea and Arsenal man joined Monaco amid a lot of optimism in 2019, but has only made 67 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in more than two years.
Last season, he only managed to feature five times, and Monaco have now opted against offering the Spaniard a new deal.