Mesut Ozil has confirmed he declined an insane pay package to leave Arsenal last summer, with an unnamed club in China offering the German a crazy £100million deal over a five-year period.
Gooners can expect to read plenty about Ozil over the next week with the launch of his new book set to hit stores in the UK on 20th April, in which he recalls his rough childhood and even reveals interesting moments with Real Madrid and Arsenal.
The World Cup winner confirmed he received a whopping £100m offer last summer in a bid to convince the German playmaker to leave the Emirates, however he remained unmoved despite a potential £380k a week (after tax) pay package.
“When I got an offer from China last summer I didn’t need advice because the offer was too absurd. The Chinese were prepared to pay me £100million net over a period of five years,” Ozil revealed in his new book, Gunning for Greatness: My Life.
“A fairy tale amount of money that went beyond the limits of my imagination.”
The news is welcomed, as it paints the picture that the playmaker has no interest in a big money move to China, favouring sporting ambition as he heads into the final 14 months of his deal in north London.
It seems an odd time to be releasing a book considering he discusses his time in north London and he is the centre of a contract negotiations. However the book will likely gloss over any details that could land him in hot water with past or present Arsenal team mates.
Other quotes have been released from the book this weekend, some that discuss the disappointing 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich.
“The devastating loss at Bayern Munich this season is undoubtedly one of the darkest hours of my footballing career,” Ozil revealed.
“It’s in the top five of the most humiliating defeats I’ve suffered.
“We were positively prepared for the game. Arsene Wenger had revealed to us his game plan. He was very clear about his ideas – and they were good ones.
“Our intention was to go all out for Bayern’s central defender Mats Hummels; to prevent him from opening up the game which he does so brilliantly.
“In this way we hoped we’d be able to stop Bayern from building up the play at an early stage and disrupt their rhythm.
“Of course I could go on about why our game plan didn’t work. I could look for excuses. But I’m not going to. What went on between us in the dressing room after the match is nobody’s business.
“Nor is what Wenger considered our failures to be in his post-match analysis. The fact is, we all failed. We were all bad.”
Of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, it seems more likely the latter will remain in north London. And considering the title of the book, is this a hint that he wants to help Arsenal succeed in our pursuit for a first Premier League title in over 13 years?
More on Ozil’s book as the release draws closer…