Mesut Özil: “I don’t want to exclude [a return to the Bundesliga]”

Speaking to SportBild in an exclusive interview, Arsenal and Germany international Mesut Özil could yet return to the Bundesliga one day, with his Arsenal contract up expiring in 2018.

“I don’t want to exclude that. Many family members – my mother especially – would welcome it if I were closer to home. I still have a year on my contract and I love running for this club. At the moment, everything is still open.”

Although yet to commit to a new contract at the Emirates, Özil commented about the Arsenal fans and the love they have towards him.

“You know what made me proud? That day, the Arsenal fans sang the Ozil song. I’ve never experienced anything like it at any other club. It gives me goose bumps every time the fans sing that song.”

When Arsenal don’t perform, the Germany international is often made the scapegoat for the clubs performances.

“People know what I have achieved. That I am a World Cup winner, played for Real Madrid, set up 20 goals last season [in all competitions]. When the team’s on a bad run, somebody needs to be singled out, sadly most of the time it’s me.”

Bayern Munich have drawn Özil’s former club in Real Madrid in the Champions League, whilst the #10 admitted he will be supporting the Spanish side.

“Of course my heart beats for Real. I played there and still have many friends to this day in the team and in the club. Therefore I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Real, even against Bayern.”


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