Mesut Özil is determined to see out the rest of his contract at Arsenal despite rumours linking the German with a move away.
Özil was dropped by manager Unai Emery earlier in the season, fuelling suggestions that the Spaniard was keen to move him on and free up space on the club's wage bill. However, the star who earns £350,000 a week has since worked his way back into the side and has no intention of leaving the Gunners until the end of his contract.
The German has famously split the opinion of fans and pundits alike, but recently told Sky Sports, as quoted by The Mirror: "I have two years left on my contract. I don’t know about after that but yes, absolutely [I will stay]."
Dr Erkut Sogut, Özil's agent, has also reaffirmed the attacking midfielder's commitment to the Arsenal. Speaking to Turkish Football, Sogut said: “Rumours will always persist, there is no doubt about that. But one thing I can guarantee is Mesut’s loyalty.
"His mind is focused on Arsenal, and Arsenal only. Mesut bleeds Arsenal red, and respecting his contract is a certainty. He’ll be staying at Arsenal until at least 2021, and the fans need not to worry about the gossip that may come this summer. He has found a place he feels welcome and believes he has a lot more to give.”
Özil has had a rollercoaster of a season under Emery, making just 20 Premier League starts along with four substitute appearances. The World Cup winner has scored scored five goals but has only two assists to his name, having suffered from knee and back injuries during the campaign.
However, he has been brought back into the fold in recent months and has impressed at times playing behind strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal have the chance to secure a return to the Champions League when they face off against London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final at the end of May. With Aaron Ramsey out injured and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at risk of missing the game over visa issues, Özil could be the man Emery looks to to unlock Chelsea's defence.
Despite Özil's intention to see out his contract, reports suggest that Emery and Arsenal's directors are still willing listen to reasonable offers for the number 10.
Source : 90min