The agent of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has revealed that there are “options” currently available for his client, who he says will not leave North London before the expiry of his contract.
Ozil, who moved to the Gunners in 2013 from Real Madrid, has been largely impressive at The Emirates but endured a tough time under former boss Unai Emery.
The Spaniard restricted the midfielder’s game time for a considerable portion of the season but Ozil has enjoyed a resurgence with Mikel Arteta, whose side have only lost once in 2020.
Ozil has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Arsenal in recent months but speaking to i News, his agent, Erkut Sogut, insisted that his client will not be going anywhere any time soon.
“At the moment, we don’t even talk about [him leaving], because he still has one-and-a-half-years left,” Sogut said.
“He still has 15 months to go. Until then, he will stay at Arsenal, for sure. He will stay until the end of his contract. There’s no chance he’ll leave.”
Asked if Ozil could leave when he enters free agency next summer, Sogut admitted that there will be an array of clubs interested for various reasons.
“He is going into the end of this contract, he will be 32 years old, he will be a free agent, and it’s not a bad situation,” the agent said.
“And he will have probably a hundred million followers on the social media side at that time, his marketing will be bigger by that time.
“And he’s 32 so he can still go and play in top-level football for the next two or three years.”
Indeed, Sogut also revealed that he has already fielded proposals from clubs to take Ozil away from The Emirates.
“I look at every option, I need to maximise and get the best contract for him,” he said.
“The options are coming in now. Maybe he will stay and have a new contract with Arsenal. Maybe he has a good end to the season and good next season and the club offers him a new contract.
“It’s down to the club in the end, not to me or Mesut. If the club is not giving him an offer then he can’t stay. If he gets an offer from the club he will consider it.”
While Arsenal have only lost once this year, that defeat was a tough one to take, with the Gunners crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday at the hands of Olympiacos.
Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday is postponed due to City’s participation in the Carabao Cup final.