'He had his time' - Incoming Fenerbahce boss Jesus confirms fresh Mesut Ozil exile


Newly-appointed Fenerbahce head coach Jorge Jesus has spoken out over Mesut Ozil's future with the club.

And the news will no doubt come as a hammer blow to those hopeful of seeing the gifted midfield enigma line out in the famed colours of Fener into next season and beyond.

Speaking to the media on Friday, Jesus, appointed as the new man in charge at the The Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium just over 24 hours ago, was drawn on his plans when it comes to Ozil's presence in his squad.

This comes with the one-time German international still under contract with Fenerbahce, but having been banished to the stands under the club's former interim boss owing to a heated disagreement over his fitness levels late last season.

Jesus, though, is evidently not prepared to wipe the slate clean.

Instead, the Portuguese has confirmed that Ozil will remain exiled through the summer and beyond, having already been forced to face up to 'the end of his era' in Istanbul:

'He had his time, his space,' Jesus began.

'He has a beautiful history in Turkey, nobody can take it away from him.

'He is a well-known player around the world. But I will follow exactly what was the end of the Ozil era.

'The most important thing here is not the coach Jorge Jesus, the most important thing here is not the player Ozil,' Jesus continued. 'The most important thing here is not any player.

'The most important thing here is Fenerbahce and it is from there that I build my ideas and the players who come to work with me.'

Arsenal stint

Jesus' comments will of course resonate with those of an Arsenal persuasion, after Gunners supporters were too deprived of Ozil's talents on the pitch late in his stint in north London.

This came in the face of issues with yet another manager, on this occasion Mikel Arteta, understood to have been left bemused by the German's application, or more so lack thereof.


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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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