‘Who said we were interested in signing him?’: Jose Mourinho’s puts Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in his place following claims that he’d rather retire than join enemies Tottenham
- Mesut Ozil previously said he would rather retire than play for Tottenham
- Arsenal midfielder has been exiled by Gunners but still maintains loyalties
- When asked about Ozil’s remarks, Jose Mourinho had a cutting response
- He said: ‘Who told him Tottenham was interested in signing him?
When told about Ozil’s remarks at a press conference, Mourinho hit back, saying: ‘Who told him that Tottenham were interested in signing him?’
Jose Mourinho delivered an obvious but well put jibe back in response to Mesut Ozil
Ozil has been sidelined in the red half of north London for months now and was not included by Mikel Arteta in his team’s Premier League or Europa League squads.
The 32-year-old is under contract until June and earns a massive £350,000-a-week at the Emirates, with the club desperate to get him off the books.
When asked in a Twitter Q&A whether he’d rather retire or play for Spurs, he responded: ‘Easy question. Retire!’
Given that Ozil has not taken to the pitch for approaching a year now, Mourinho had an easy put down at his disposal in response.
Interestingly, Mourinho worked with Ozil at Real Madrid when they were both at the Spanish side between 2010-13 but clearly there is no love lost between them.
Mesut Ozil is still earning £350,000-a-week despite not being picked for Arsenal
The fact that Arsenal are down in 11th in the Premier League table but their neighbours are flying high in fourth means the war of words is not likely to be won by the German playmaker.
Ozil could yet move on from Arsenal in January and Arteta has admitted the midfielder will be allowed to depart if a reasonable offer comes in.
He recently reflected on his time at the club, in the same Twitter Q&A, writing: ‘There have been many ups and downs so far, but all in all I’ve never regretted my decision to join Arsenal.
‘And, to be honest, the last couple of games before the coronavirus break in February and March 2020 made really a lot (of) fun. But after the break things unfortunately changed.’
Mourinho’s Spurs are flying high above Arsenal so perhaps the timing was misguided from Ozil
Mikel Arteta used Mesut Ozil sparingly last season but has frozen out the midfielder now
Ozil is free to negotiate with other clubs this month and local media has reported he has held talks with Turkish club Fenerbahce and American side DC United.
‘Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country,’ he recently said. Every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany. And mine was Fenerbahce.
‘There are two countries I want to play football in before I retire: Turkey and USA. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce.’
Mourinho, meanwhile, will be turning his attention to Wednesday’s clash with Fulham in the Premier League.