Unsurprisingly, Arsene Wenger has rubbished reports that record signing Mesut Özil could leave the club this summer, insisting the German is committed to Arsenal and has no intention of leaving, as reported by The Telegraph.
The World Cup winner was recently linked with a rather bizarre move to Turkish side Besiktas, with preliminary talks apparently already underway (via the Mirror). Few believed there was any chance of this move actually going through however, and the rumour was largely ignored.
Wenger has now confirmed what many already believed, claiming there is no truth in the reports.
“He is a wonderful player who is completely committed to the club and focused on getting some good results,” Wenger said, during his recent press conference.
Even before the manager debunked the rumours, it was near impossible to see us letting the 26-year-old go. Not to mention the fact that we would demand a massive transfer fee for the man we once paid £42.5m for (via the Mirror) – a fee Besiktas almost certainly couldn’t afford.
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Özil has been in fine form recently, and is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves from the English media. Hopefully he continues in this vein, as he is likely to play a key role in any success we have this season.