Mesut Ozil rejected ‘crazy’ offers to stay at Arsenal, reveals agent

Mesut Ozil’s agent claims the midfielder received ‘crazy’ offers from Asia (BPI/REX)

Mesut Ozil’s agent has revealed that the midfielder received ‘crazy’ offers from the Chinese Super League before he signed a new deal with Arsenal.

In January, the 30-year-old became the Gunners’ highest-paid player by agreeing a new deal worth £350,000 a week.

But Ozil’s representative Dr Erkut Sogut claims the midfielder’s heart was always with Arsenal, despite having big-money offers from other clubs.

‘We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers. But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor,’ Sogut told the Evening Standard.

Ozil became Arsenal’s highest-paid player in January (PA Wire)

‘Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.

‘Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers [sales] were the largest at the club.

‘At the end of the day, this is all information that has to be taken into consideration.

‘So, the commercial side is very big with a player like Mesut, who has played in different countries and was the No. 10 of the national team, where he won the World Cup.

‘His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart.

‘We were free to sign with other clubs and in the end Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.’


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