Jose Mourinho has shrugged off the argument by Mesut Ozil that he would rather retire than join Tottenham, with the manager of Spurs pointing out that no one has raised the dilemma to the German.
A midfielder winning the World Cup is firmly frozen at Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta taking the 32-year-old playmaker out of his Premier League and Europa League teams in 2020-21.
As a consequence, Ozil is heading towards the exits at Emirates Stadium, with his lucrative deal running down to free agency.
He admitted that moving to Turkey or MLS would appeal, during talk of interest from teams in both of those sectors, but no compromise has yet been reached to get him off the books of the Gunners.
Ozil is an established performer in the Premier League, with questions raised about whether this season Arsenal took the right course of action, but he can not see himself representing another club in England, particularly one on the opposite side of a fierce divide in north London.
“With the Portuguese telling reporters when asked about comments in which an experienced performer said he would hang up his boots before heading to Spurs, Mourinho is not overly concerned about that: “Who told him that Tottenham would be interested in signing him? ”
Mourinho has transfer matters to deal with in the January window while tossing aside the jibe from Ozil.