Mesut Ozil says he is very happy at Arsenal and wants to sign a new contract but admits he is keen to know if Arsene Wenger will remain at the club.
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Gunners boss has yet to reveal his intentions with regards whether he will continue at the club.
Ozil’s is into the final 18 months of his contract and in negotiations with the club over a new deal and says that he has told the club he wants to stay in north London but that his future may depend on Wenger’s future plans.
“I am very, very happy at Arsenal and have let the club know that I would be ready to sign a new contract,” he told Kicker. “The fans want that I stay and now it is just down to the club.”
“The club knows that I am here most of all because of Arsène Wenger. He is the one who signed me and he is the one whose trust I have. The club also knows that I want to be clear what the manager is going to [in the future].”
Ozil has reportedly demanded £250,000-per-week to stay at the club which has drawn criticism from some quarters, in particular former star Thierry Henry.
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However, the World Cup winner says that while people are entitled to their opinions he will not let their views affect him or his decisions.
“Everyone has a right to say what they want but what they have to say doesn’t interest me,” he added.
“Ex-players or other people who have a view don’t know what is actually being said between me and the club.”
Ozil’s words are his strongest indication yet that he will remain in north London although it would appear he is waiting for confirmation Wenger will stay before he commits his own future to the club.