Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hopes that “in the next few days” Mesut Ozil’s future at the club will be resolved.
Ozil is in the final six months of his £ 350,000-a-week deal and will be able to speak with foreign clubs this summer before a free transfer.
The German is attracting attention from MLS side DC United and the Turkish club Fenerbahce, who, if they reach an agreement with Arsenal, could sign it this month.
Every club has yet to contact the Gunners, but Arteta expects the situation to accelerate quickly.
“In the next few days, we’re going to decide what’s happening,” he said.
“That’s why we chose this career because we’re so lucky to do what we do. I think every player wants to play football. It is difficult for any player who is not playing.
I don’t know what’s going to happen, but he’s free to talk with other clubs right now. Shortly, we will address internally what is the best scenario for him, with the player and the agent, and try to find the best solution for both.
If everything is sorted this month, it’s because, for Mesut and his future and good for the club, it is good for both parties. If that’s the case, we’re going to move on, and if that’s not the case, then he’s going to stay here.
He trained with us, but he had a few days (off) because we wanted to give him something personal for a few days. But he trained with us. We know we have a very valuable player who has been a crucial player for this football club in the past few seasons.
We had to make a decision, I made it, I knew the consequences of it, and now in January we’re going to have to make another one, and we’re going to balance what’s good for the club, what’s best for the team, what the player’s strength is, and try to find the right solutions.”