Ozil: Decision to join Arsenal vindicated, but no new deal talks

Date published: Wednesday 23rd December 2015 9:45

Mesut Özil: Not committing future with Gunners yet

Mesut Ozil insists he was right to join Arsenal from Real Madrid but says talks over a new contract at the Emirates have yet to begin.

Ozil has been arguably the Premier League’s best player of the 2015/16 season, and his 15 assists make him easily the stand-out goals creator in Europe this campaign. He also found his way into our top 10 ranked players of 2015, though the list is dominated by stars of La Liga.

Speculation has seen the German playmaker linked with a return to his former club Real Madrid, but Ozil, who joined the Gunners for a club record £42.5million on deadline day in August 2013, insists he’s more than happy at Arsenal.

Ozil, however, has told Kicker that talks over a new deal are yet to begin, despite reports in papers on Wednesday that a new deal is imminent: “There is no rush to sign a new contract. My current deal runs until 2018. That is still two-and-a-half years. There are no talks at the moment.

“I can only say that I am very happy in London. My decision to leave Real Madrid for Arsenal was the right one.

“There has not been a single day, apart from whenever I was injured, that I did not feel great here.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was asked about whether Ozil and his team-mates Alexis Sanchez would be signing new deals any time soon, but he said: “We’ll deal with that later in the season.

“We focus on the present, we deal with that at the end of May.”

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