Arsene Wenger has provided an update on Mesut Ozil’s contract extension situation explaining things are “moving long” although no agreement has yet been completed.
The Germany international’s future remains the subject of much speculation although Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep Ozil, whose current deal expires in 2018.
Ozil has this week been linked with a move to Fenerbahce, with a report in Turkey claiming he reportedly met club officials recently to discuss a future transfer.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Sunderland, Wenger admitted negotiations were continuing but explained an agreement had yet to be reached.
“Nothing really concrete enough to talk about, but it’s moving along,” he told the official Arsenal website.
Wenger also made something of a blunder by congratulating Ozil for being nominated for the Ballon d’Or when actually he had not made it onto the list.
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“Certainly there is a big satisfaction for him and for us as well, but I am against it because I think it gets in the head of players,” he added.
“We have seen many people only thinking about themselves because they are obsessed by Ballon d’Or and not by the team performance and I believe football is a collective sport and we live already in a world where everything is individualised.
“We want to respect what football is about, first about the team effort.
“Of course, I encourage and congratulate the players who do well and I’m happy for that.
“But when you look at the history you do not always think that it has been the most objective decision always and I think that the players who are the best, we know very well about them. Let’s take care of those who are not as much in the glory. The best – we know all about them.”
Wenger’s expectation that Ozil is on the Ballon d’Or is no surprise and most Arsenal fans will be as baffled as the boss that the Germany international, and Alexis Sanchez, have been overlooked.