Mesut Ozil has fuelled speculation that he could be set to join Fenerbahce this month by declaring the club the ‘biggest’ in Turkey and comparing them to his former side Real Madrid.
Ozil last featured for the Gunners way back in March and looks certain to have played his final game for the north London giants after being axed from Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads, with his contract up next summer.
MLS outfit DC United are firmly in the race to sign Ozil but reports coming out of Turkey suggest the 32-year-old is on the verge of agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal with Fenerbahce, the team he’s supported since he was a boy.
Ozil’s brother, Mutlu, even hinted at a possible switch to Istanbul at the weekend as he shared a picture of Fenerbahce’s badge on Instagram, along with a cheeky ‘winking face’ emoji.
The subject of Fenerbahce was inevitably raised as Ozil answered questions from fans in a Twitter Q&A on Monday evening and the midfielder – a third-generation Turkish-German – made no secret of his love for the Super Lig side.
Asked why he’s supported the Turkish giants since childhood, Ozil replied: ‘I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany.
‘Every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany. And mine was Fenerbahce.
‘Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country.’
‘I will always remember that time with him positively.’
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