Ozil and Fenerbahce agree to divorce

19 Jul 2022 | 08:08 | Football

Mesut Ozil. Photo: Reuters


German football player Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil. Photo: Reuters

Mesut Ozil will leave Fenerbahce after the former Germany international failed with the leadership of the Turkish team.

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

The midfielder is 33 years old and the club are parting ways with his two-year contract still in effect.

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

And new coach Jorge Jesus has made it clear that he will not be in a hurry to overturn that decision when he takes over in early June.

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

“I wouldn’t end my career anywhere but Fenerbahce,” he posted on social media.

Turkish media claim that Ozil is in talks with another Istanbul club, Basakehir, the domestic champions in 2020.

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 was in March 2020.

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

The Turkish-German 2014 World Cup champion ended his international career following what he described as “racist” attacks following the home team’s first game out at the 2018 World Cup.

He was heavily criticized in Germany after taking a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018.

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

Fenerbahce was Trabzonspor’s runner-up in the Super Lig last season with their last league title in 2014.