MESUT OZIL wants to continue playing for his “childhood love” Fenerbahce.
The German is out of contract in the summer of 2024 but he has been told he will not be picked again for Fenerbahce by new boss Jorge Jesus.
He was also frozen out by interim head coach Ismail Kartal, who questioned his fitness.
And with just two seasons left on his Fenerbahce deal, Ozil‘s agent hinted at a potential new career path.
Agent Dr Erkut Sogut told The Telegraph last week: “He will go more into esports, play himself and maybe become an esports athlete.
“He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing.
“He owns a team – M10 Esports – and he has players. He has a gaming house in Germany. He has football, like Fifa, and Fortnite.”
However, Ozil has defiantly insisted he “many goals” yet to reach with the Turkish side.
Ozil has also asked fans to “not give credence to the fake news” media.
In a statement, he said: “I wanted to make this statement in order to prevent the discrediting of myself in the public and to inform our community correctly.
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“First of all, I am continuing my preparations individually with a special program, and I patiently wait for my time to come in order to re-join my childhood love and contribute.
“I did not come to Fenerbahce and my homeland Turkey for a holiday.
“Every time I sweat in our glorious jersey, I have no purpose other than to contribute.
“I have many goals that I would like to meet with Fenerbahce, my childhood love. I will not quit football until I do these things.
“Both me and my club are going through a process inherent in football.
“It is my greatest desire to serve my beloved Fenerbahçe by getting through this process in the best way possible.
“My request to our fans is that they do not give credence to the fake news in the media.
“Kind regards, Mesut Ozil.”
Ozil featured 25 times for Fenerbahce last term, netting an impressive eight goals.
However, the former world’s best playmaker only managed two assists.