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Arsenal’s playmaker Mesut Ozil traveled to Turkey on Sunday before his long-awaited transfer to Fenerbahce.
The Super Lig club published photographs of Ozil boarding a plane and tweeting: “Our club will bring Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.”
The 32-year-old is known to have been at the club’s London Colney training ground to bid farewell to the Gunners before the imminent end of his seven and a half year stay.
He later hinted that he was about to commit to the Istanbul club by tweeting a picture of his initials in the club’s colors, and the move will be confirmed subject to a medical examination.
On Sunday night Ozil told Turkish television channel NTV that he was “excited” at the prospect of playing for the Super Lig team, saying on ntvspor.net: “I have always said that I support Fenerbahce and am very happy to come here.
“I am very happy, I am excited. God has let me wear this shirt and I will do my best. “
Ozil has not played for the Gunners since March and his £ 350,000 a week contract was expiring at the end of the current season.
The nightmare of the gunners against Ozil
Ozil was expected to leave in the January transfer window and could sign for another club as a free agent should the final details go smoothly.
Having started the first 10 games with Mikel Arteta following his appointment in December 2019, Ozil has not appeared since a 1-0 win over West Ham before the coronavirus pandemic brought football to a halt.
He was excluded from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League teams, and Arteta and coach Edu insisted the decision was due to footballing reasons.
Ozil was criticized in some quarters when he refused to accept a pay cut over the summer, without football being played and Arsenal looking to balance the books.
He had signed his current contract in January 2018 to become the highest paid player in the club’s history, but now it looks like he’s going to start for free.