Mesut Ozil unfollows Fenerbahce on social media after new boss Jorge Jesus announced he will never play for the Turkish club again… with the former Arsenal star’s agent claiming he could move into ESPORTS at the end of his football career
- Mesut Ozil’s time in Turkey appears to be coming to an end after 18 months
- Fenerbahce’s new manager Jorge Jesus insists he will not play for the club again
- Ozil has now unfollowed Fenerbahce on social media in light of Jesus’ comments
- His agent Dr Erkut Sogut has also revealed surprise potential plans for his client
- Sogut says he could swap football for Fortnite when his playing career is over
Mesut Ozil has unfollowed Fenerbahce on social media after new boss Jorge Jesus confirmed he is not part of his plans at the club.
Ozil’s nightmare in Turkey is drawing to a close after Jesus said the 34-year-old German international would not play for them again.
‘He had his time, his space,’ Jesus said in a press conference. ‘He has a beautiful history in Turkey, no one can take it away from him.
Mesut Ozil has unfollowed Fenerbahce on social media as he prepares to leave the club
‘He is a well-known player around the world. But I will follow exactly what was the end of the Ozil era. The most important thing here is Fenerbahce and it is from there that I build my ideas and the players who come to work with me.’
Despite still having two years remaining on his contract, Ozil has unfollowed Fenerbahce on his various social media accounts, all but confirming his time at the club is over.
He has not featured for the Turkish Super Lig side since March 20 after he was excluded from the squad following a row with interim head coach Ismail Kartal over his fitness.
Kartal did not get the managerial job permanently, but Jesus has pledged to follow in his footsteps and keep the former Arsenal star, who earns £350,000-a-week at Fenerbahce, away from the starting XI.
New Fenerbahce manager Jorge Jesus said Ozil, 34, will not play for the Turkish club again
Ozil could now be set to swap football for Fortnite, according to his agent Dr Erkut Sogut
Sogut said his client was a keen FIFA and Fortnite player and said he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if the midfielder become a professional gamer
Ozil’s turmoil in Turkey has forced him to look at the next steps in his career – and his agent Dr Erkut Sogut has revealed he could swap football for Fortnite.
‘He will go more into eSports, play himself and maybe become an eSports athlete,’ Sogut told The Telegraph.
‘He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing.
‘He owns a team – M10 Esports – and he has players. He has a gaming house in Germany. He has football, like FIFA, and Fortnite.’
Sogut’s comments are perhaps not a surprise given Ozil’s love of gaming. In 2018, then Arsenal manager Unai Emery was forced to deny playing video games was behind a back injury the German had suffered.
Ozil has endured a difficult period since leaving Arsenal in January 2021 and Sogut believes the club could have handled his exit better.
Ozil has made 36 appearances for the club and scored nine goals, often captaining the side
He likes to unwind by playing video games and his representative says it’s a viable pathway
In the lead-up to Ozil’s departure, the player criticised China for its mistreatment of Uighur Muslims, while he himself came under fire for posing for a photo with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
‘They were a club that was always neutral in terms of political things but they are not neutral any more, right? They gave it up,’ he added.
‘They can’t just stay neutral in certain situations. Now they have spoken up with Ukraine. They are now taking a position as a club.
‘Now they’re outspoken about issues in the world which when it was Mesut they said: ‘We don’t want to discuss things like that’.
‘But it was a development I think for them as well as a club that things are changing and they have to adapt as well.’