Dr Erkut Sogut has revealed that his client Mesut Ozil is keen to stay in England beyond his current Arsenal contract, adding that talks with his current club have been ‘positive’.
The German international is inside the final 12 months of his contract, and has looked destined for an exit before next season, but may well end up staying in North London.
Manchester United and Barcelona have been strongly linked with his signature, but recent reports have insisted that Arsenal have as much chance of keeping him as they have of losing him.
His agent has now confirmed reports that he could well end up staying with the club and sign an extension to his current deal.
“Ozil wants to play another two to three years in the Premier League,” he said. “Our contacts with Arsenal continue and are going in a positive way.”
The other way of looking at the statement would be to rule out a move to Catalan club Barca, with the likelihood that Man United would be leading the chase for him should we fail to agree terms with the former Real Madrid star.
Ozil joined the club back in 2013, signing a five-year contract, and has refused to agree new terms since joining the club, but after a long process he now looks likely to stay.
Alexis Sanchez still remains highly likely to leave before next season, with his contract also set to expire next June, and I don’t think anybody expects him to negotiate an extended stay in North London.
The Chilean was believed to have agreed terms to join Manchester City on Deadline Day, only for his replacement Thomas Lemar to opt against moving to Arsenal, and Alexis will more than likely be negotiating his future from January onwards.
Will Ozil thrive without Alexis in the side next season? How much of a boost would the German be to our squad for next term? Would his extension be a good advert in bringing further top players to the club?