German midfielder Mesut Ozil on Sunday confirmed his transfer from Arsenal to Turkey’s Fenerbahce, saying he was “very excited” to play for the previous Turkish champions and that he was match to play regardless of lacking almost a 12 months of soccer.
Ozil, 32, has not performed for Arsenal since March and was ignored of the membership’s Premier League and Europa League squads firstly of the season. He has lengthy been linked with a transfer to Fenerbahce, Turkey’s second most embellished membership.
Speaking to Turkish broadcaster NTV, Ozil, who has Turkish ancestry, mentioned he was wanting ahead to enjoying for Fenerbahce, a membership he mentioned he has supported all his life, including he would arrive in Istanbul early on Monday to seal his transfer.
“I am a Fenerbahce fan. That is why I am very happy to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce,” Ozil mentioned. “I’m very excited. God gave me the chance to wear this jersey as a Fenerbahce fan. God willing, I will carry it with honour and do everything I can for the team,” he added.
“Of course, I’m missing a few matches. I haven’t played in a match in a while, but I am physically fit, I have no issues,” he mentioned, including he had been coaching with the primary staff at Arsenal throughout his day without work the pitch.
Signed in 2013 for a then-club document payment of about 42 million kilos ($57 million) from Real Madrid, Ozil performed an important position beneath Arsene Wenger in ending Arsenal’s trophy drought, successful the FA Cup in his first season.
But he discovered himself marginalised beneath Wenger’s alternative Unai Emery and once more by present supervisor Mikel Arteta, who mentioned the participant’s omission from the squad was for “football reasons”.