Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil determined to see out Fenerbahce contract despite being frozen out

Tom Gott
Ozil's Fenerbahce career has not gone to plan
Ozil's Fenerbahce career has not gone to plan / Seskim Photo/MB Media/GettyImages
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Mesut Ozil has vowed to complete his career at Fenerbahce, despite not playing for the Turkish side since March following a bust-up with management.

The 33-year-old was frozen out by Fenerbahce after a clash with manager Ismail Kartal, bringing his first full season at the club to an abrupt end.

What the future holds for Ozil is unclear. The former Germany international still has two years remaining on his contract and he took to Twitter to promise to see those two years out in Turkey with his beloved Fenerbahce.

"I had completed my career goal by signing a 3.5-year contract with Fenerbahce, my childhood love, without even getting paid for the first six months," he wrote.

"I repeat with emphasis; I will not end my career in a team other than Fenerbahce. For the duration of my contract, my only goal is to sweat for our Cubuklu jersey. This decision is very clear and final.

"As per the requirements of professional life, if our management takes a decision about me, I will only respect this attitude. I will work hard and always keep myself ready. As I always say, the main thing is Fenerbahce. With my love and respect to the great Fenerbahce fans."

Ozil's agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, recently confirmed that the playmaker will not be leaving Fenerbahce this summer, and he could have a second chance to prove himself as reports in Turkey suggest Kartal could be relieved of his duties in the near future.

Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus is being lined up for the job, but whether he would be interested in welcoming the former Arsenal man back into the fold remains to be seen.

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