Mesut Ozil affirms Fenerbahce move from Arsenal, says he is qualified to play

Mesut Ozil affirmed his move from Arsenal to Fenerbahce, saying he was “very excited” to play for the previous Turkish champions and that he was fit regardless of missing almost a year of football.

Sources told ESPN on Saturday that Ozil has a verbal agreement with Arsenal to end his agreement and will join Fenerbahce in the coming days.

Fenerbahce posted pictures of Ozil late Sunday, avoiding authoritatively declaring settled by expressing: “Our club is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.”

Ozil, 32, has not played for Arsenal since March and was avoided with regard to the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads toward the beginning of the period. He has for some time been connected with a transition to Fenerbahce, Turkey’s second-most decorated club.

Addressing Turkish broadcaster NTV on Sunday, Ozil, who has Turkish ancestry, said he was anticipating playing for Fenerbahce, a club he said he has supported for his entire life, and added he would show up in Istanbul from the beginning Monday to seal his turn.

“I am a Fenerbahce fan. That is why I am very happy to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce,” Ozil said. “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.

“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 said, adding he had been training with the first team at Arsenal during his time off the pitch.

Signed in 2013 for a then-club record fee of ¬£42.5 million from Real Madrid, Ozil assumed a vital role under Arsene Wenger in completion Arsenal’s trophy drought, winning the FA Cup in his first season.

Be that as it may, he wound up minimized under Wenger’s substitution Unai Emery and again by Mikel Arteta, who said the player’s omission from the squad was for “football reasons.”

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