Arsene Wenger has said that he is very “relaxed” about Mesut Ozil’s future and remained tight-lipped on his own potential new contract. The boss also played down suggestions that Mesut Özil’s own future relies on the manager agreeing to a new deal (via Arsenal.com).
It’s a story which dominated the back pages earlier in the week but Arsene Wenger has played down suggestions that Mesut Özil’s future is dependent on his own. The German gave an interview earlier in the week and it was reported that the playmaker’s future at the Emirates was subject to whether Arsene Wenger agrees to a new deal at the club too.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Wenger played down these reports by claiming that there are many other factors at play in the contract negotiations.
“I think he has been misinterpreted,” Wenger said when asked about the Özil quotes. “He would like to know what will happen on the managerial front but I don’t think that’s the main part of his decision.
“I think that’s part of it but there are many ingredients in any negotiation and hopefully we will find a conclusion very quickly with him.
“We always speak, I speak more with his agent on the contract front than with him.
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“We do not master that situation alone. Let’s not forget these players have 18 months left, that’s a long time in football. I’m very relaxed.
“We have to keep things quiet and try to find an agreement, respecting the line of contact we have.”
So Wenger is relaxed on the Özil front and hints that something may happen soon. The boss also dismissed claims that the German’s future was linked to his own and remained tight-lipped on whether or not we can expect him to sign a new contract.
“I have nothing to add to that at the moment. I’m completely focussed on us and getting back to the top and working hard in every game and prepare well.”
Wenger’s deal expires at the end of the season and there has been no indication that he will sign another. The Frenchman seems to be waiting to see what will happen over the coming months and whether or not he still feels like the right man for the job in May.