Mesut Ozil and Fenerbahce agree to divorce


ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 13 — Mesut Ozil is leaving Fenerbahce after the former Germany international fell out with the Turkish team’s management.

“Our club and Mesut Ozil have mutually agreed to terminate the contract,” Fenerbahce announced on Twitter on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old midfielder and the club are parting ways with two years of contract to run.

He joined the Istanbul squad less than a year and a half ago but has been out of the first team since late March following a dispute.

And new manager Jorge Jesus made it clear he wouldn’t be rushing to overturn the decision when he took over at the start of June.

A few days earlier, Ozil had suggested he wanted to see out the rest of his playing days at the club.

“I will only end my career at Fenerbahçe,” he posted on social media.

Turkish media suggest Ozil is in talks with fellow Istanbul club 2020 national champions Basakehir.

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Ozil arrived at Fenerbahce in January 2021 from Arsenal, where he was left out of the Gunners’ Premier League and Europa League squads that season. His last game for the London club dates back to March 2020.

Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 and won the FA Cup three times under manager Arsene Wenger.

The 2014 World Cup winner in Germany, who is of Turkish descent, ended his international career after what he described as ‘racist’ attacks following the defending champion’s elimination in the first world cup round 2018.

He had come under heavy criticism in Germany after posing for a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018.

Erdogan was also the witness at the player’s wedding in Turkey.

Fenerbahce were runners-up to Trabzonspor in the Super Lig last season with their last league title in 2014.

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