The Germany international team manager Joachim Low has admitted that he was disappointed with the manner of Mesut Ozil’s retirement from the Germany team, and also that the Arsenal midfielder hadn’t contacted him personally before his statement regarding his retirement.
“There was never any form of racism in the Germany team,” he said on ESPN. “His agent called me and informed about his retirement.
“Mesut did not call me, not to this very day. I tried to reach him several times in the past two weeks, via text message, via phone. Mesut has decided to take this path. I must accept it.
“Ozil has been my player for nine years. We’ve experienced a lot together. A few lows, but more highs. We’ve won the World Cup. This will still stay forever.
“I am still of the opinion that he was one of the best players we had in Germany in the last 20, 30 years. One day, we’ll have a conversation. I would have wished for him to inform me personally, and I was disappointed at first.”
“The issue cost us a lot of power, and nerves, because it was always there. But it was not decisive in our World Cup exit.”
It certainly wasn’t Ozil’s fault that Germany failed in Russia, but there is no doubt he was victimized by the German media and fans during and after the tournament. Low may be disappointed in Ozil’s reaction but how would he have felt if he had taken the abuse the Ozil had to put up with from the whole of Germany. I think Ozil has more right to feel disappointed that Low didn’t come to his defence….