Mesut Ozil will resist attempts from Arsenal to sell him this summer and intends to see out the final year of his £350,000-a-week contract.
Ozil is constantly in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, as he has not bee impressive since he signed that massive £350,000-a-week contract just a few seasons ago, which many believe he has not warned.
Ozil has not seen a single minute of action since the restart, with Mikel Arteta publicly suggesting that 31-year-old’s fitness levels have fallen below the required standard, which has led to alot of speculation in the media that he will be offloaded when the transfer window opens up.
But According to The Sun, Ozil has told friends that he has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer and will remain at the club even if he is not part of Mikel Arteta’s plans.
He is keen to keep getting that massive wage he has been receiving from the club until his contract runs out, and then will look to make a move to China or the MLS in order to finish off his playing days.
However, Arsenal may still try to offload the midfielder in the summer, even on a loan basis, as they may seek to protect their “next generation” of talent, according to legend Martin Keown.
Asked if the German still has a future at the Emirates, the former Gunners defender told Stadium Astro: “No, I don’t think he does and I think really this summer now they may see the player being paid off, because I think now it’s about protecting the next generation.
“I think it’s a real shame, because he had a magnificent talent, but if you’re not prepared to work hard out of possession for the team, then you don’t get to play in the new Arsenal at the moment and that’s what Arteta is all about.
“Work ethic comes first and then everything else is a bonus, you play from there. Clearly he’s not seeing enough on the training pitch.”
He added: “People go into comfort zones whether they like it or not, they can’t often see it. But, you know, that must have played a part. He’s a millionaire every month, after tax.
“My attitude to that is every player should get the best contract they can, and if he’s performing he deserves that, but when he doesn’t, it’s very expensive for Arsenal Football Club.
“It maybe sends the complete wrong message to some of those youngsters, he’s had opportunities he hasn’t taken.”