Sunday 19 November 2017

Mesut Ozil insists he is 'comfortable' at Arsenal as he prepares to make contract decision 'soon'

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has opened up about his future with the club
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has opened up about his future with the club
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil insists he is comfortable at the North London club and will make a decision regarding his future soon with the German's contract due to expire at the end of next season.

Manager Arsene Wenger said last week that contract negotiations with key players Ozil and striker Alexis Sanchez were on hold until the end of the current campaign.

"Do you think Arsene Wenger tells the journalists [about my future] before he tells me? I know him differently," Ozil told German newspaper Die Welt.

"I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We'll talk soon and then make a decision."

Arsenal have slipped to sixth in the Premier League, losing four of their last six encounters in all competition, including a 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Ozil acknowledged the recent slump in form and said his side was hoping to finish the season strongly.

"Of course, we have had a difficult time recently and we are not satisfied with sixth place," the 28-year-old German added.

"I am convinced, however, that we will catch up again soon."

Arsenal trail fourth-placed Liverpool by six points and are hosting third-placed Manchester City on Sunday.

Last week, the Daily Telegraph revealed that Fenerbahce are considering offering Ozil an escape route out of Arsenal this summer.

Ozil, who was born to Turkish parents, travelled to Istanbul last month and was pictured out with former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse.

There have since been suggestions the pair plan to marry and that Ozil is ready to spend £5million on a mansion in Istanbul.

Robin van Persie is expected to leave Fenerbahce at the end of the season, which will free up big money for wages, and Ozil is one of the players being considered to replace him as the club’s marquee player.

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