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Mesut Ozil’s agent responds to rumors of an Arsenal exit

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The agent of Mesut Ozil, Dr Erkut Sogut, has responded to transfer rumors regarding the player’s future over the past few days.

It’s been a frantic past two days in the rumor mill with respect to Mesut Ozil and his Arsenal contract.

Early on Tuesday, a report emerged that the German midfielder was in talks with MLS side DC United regarding a possible January move.

Barely hours from that report, another rumor emerged that Ozil was in talks with Fenerbahce regarding a move as well.

The Arsenal star does have good relations with Fenerbahce president Ali Koç but it remained to be seen just how genuine that report was.

If that wasn’t enough, the latest on Wednesday morning was that Ozil was on his way to Fenerbahce after agreeing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Turkish outfit.

Following those rumors, the player’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, has come out to clear the air on his client’s future.

Sogut maintained that Ozil’s preference is to stay put at Arsenal but refused to rule out the idea of a January exit.

“We were not allowed to talk legally before January 1 so now we are just starting to look at the options with the numbers and details,” Sogut said about Ozil to ESPN in an exclusive interview.

“I can’t talk about the clubs directly because it would be unprofessional but generally, there is six months left on the contract and it is nothing unusual that we will talk to people about different opportunities and try to find the best option for Mesut.”

“He might stay at Arsenal until the summer but he might go. Mesut’s priority is to stay but you never know in football, things can change very fast. For the moment, we are just checking all the options for January and the summer.

“If we want to leave in January, I need to talk to Arsenal. If we sign for the summer, we don’t need to. That’s the situation. In the next seven to ten days, it will be a little clearer as now the transfer window is open, things can move faster.”

It is getting close to a year since Ozil last featured for Arsenal and there might finally be a chance for the player to seek a move and game-time elsewhere.