Mesut Ozil Confirms Leaving Arsenal For Fenerbahce

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Mesut Ozil confirmed on Sunday that he was leaving Arsenal for Turkish team Fenerbahce after being frozen out for months at the Gunners.

“I’m very happy, very excited. God has given me the chance to wear the Fenerbahce shirt. I will wear it with pride and give everything for the team,” Ozil said in an interview with Turkish television channel NTV.

Former Germany forward Ozil said that he would be travelling to Istanbul with his family on Sunday evening, bringing to an end a seven-and-a-half year relationship with Arsenal that turned sour under current coach Mikel Arteta.

The 32-year-old has not played for the Premier League team since March 2020 and his reported deal on a weekly salary of £350,000 ($475,000) was set to expire at the end of the current season.

However, he claimed in Sunday’s interview that he is “in good physical condition” despite his lengthy period on the sidelines.

Sports daily Fanatik reports that Ozil will sign a three-and-a-half year deal with Fenerbahce worth five million euros a season.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin responding to an earlier post on social media from Ozil of two hearts in Fenerbahce’s colours tweeted: “Safe trip home”.

Ozil, who is of Turkish origin, was heavily criticised in Germany for posing for a photograph with Erdogan in 2018. Erdogan was also the best man at the player’s wedding in Turkey.

Ozil was a key part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning side but after what he labelled “racist” attacks following the holders’ first-round exit at the 2018 tournament, he ended his international career.

Fenerbahce, one of Istanbul’s three big clubs, are currently second in the league behind Besiktas.

After starting the first 10 games of Mikel Arteta’s reign as Arsenal boss, Ozil has not featured since a 1-0 win over West Ham before the coronavirus pandemic saw football grind to a halt last year.

He was omitted from Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads, with Arteta and technical director Edu insisting the decision to do so was down to footballing reasons.

In December 2019, Arsenal also distanced themselves from comments Ozil made on social media criticising China’s treatment of the Uighur population.

The early years of Ozil’s career at the Emirates after a £42.5 million move from Real Madrid in 2013 were a success.

He played a major role in winning three FA Cups in four years, but became a peripheral figure after Arsene Wenger departed as manager in 2018, just five months after Ozil had signed his bumper three-year deal.

World Cup Winner Rami Signs For Fenerbahce

FILES) In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017 Olympique de Marseille’s new French defender Adil Rami holds a press conference, in Marseille, southeastern France. ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP

French defender Adil Rami, part of his country’s World Cup-winning squad last year, has signed for Fenerbahce following his sacking by Marseille, the Turkish club announced on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old has signed a one-year contract with the Istanbul outfit which includes the option of a second season, Fenerbahce said in a statement.

The move comes just two weeks after Rami was sacked by Marseille, reportedly for “gross misconduct” following a disciplinary procedure.

Sports daily L’Equipe, citing a letter sent by Marseille to Rami, said he had been sacked after he skipped training to take part in a TV reality show.

The former partner of Canadian actor Pamela Anderson, Rami joined Marseille from Spanish club Sevilla in 2017 and helped OM reach the Europa League final in his first season with the club.

Rami has won 36 caps for France although he had a non-playing part of the squad that won the World Cup in Russia


Chelsea’s Moses Seals Fenerbahce Switch


Chelsea’s Nigeria star Victor Moses has joined Fenerbahce on a one-and-a-half-year loan deal.

Moses agreed to make the switch to the Turkish club after falling out of favour under Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri.

The 28-year-old has not featured for Chelsea since October, after making six appearances in all competitions and starting just once.

Moses will stay with Fenerbahce until the end of the 2019-20 season.

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“Victor Moses has today joined Fenerbahce on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season,” a Chelsea statement said. “We wish Victor, a popular member of the squad, all the best on his loan deal in Turkey.”

Moses moved to Chelsea from Wigan in August 2012 but had loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham before finally establishing himself in the team.

Moses was converted from a winger to wing-back by Sarri’s predecessor Antonio Conte, playing a key role in the 2016-17 Premier League title triumph and 2018 FA Cup success.

He signed a contract extension in March 2017 to commit himself to Chelsea until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Galatasaray, Fenerbahce Point Fingers After Clash

Fenerbahce and Galatasaray players fight at the end of the Turkish Spor Toto Super league fotball match between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce on November 2, 2018 at TT Ali Samiyen sport complex in Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP


Arch Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray on Sunday both claimed to be the aggrieved party after a fractious derby ended in nine cards and a mass brawl extraordinary even by the combustible standards of Turkish football.

Referee Firat Aydinus had already handed out five yellow cards when he blew the whistle on the critical match with the result 2-2 at Galatasaray’s stadium on Friday night.

The players then approached the centre circle to shake hands but rather than greeting each other a mass brawl erupted with officials from both sides and substitutes rushing onto the pitch to get involved.

After the fight, the referee sent off three players and handed out another yellow card.

But there was no sign of contrition from either side after the confrontation, which only served to confirm the harshest stereotypes about the volatile nature of Turkish football.

Galatasaray issued a statement slamming the referee, saying that “some referees have a habit of making mistakes concerning the same team” and warning against “referees who provoke with their actions”.

Fenerbahce meanwhile outlined five instances, complete with video evidence, where it said it had been the victim.

It called on the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), whose disciplinary committee is now expected to announce harsh sanctions for both clubs, “to look at every club and player as equal and not privilege anyone.”

The game was of critical importance for both sides.

Fenerbahce are looking to resurrect their season after a dire start that saw them sack Dutch coach Phillip Cocu and languish just above the relegation zone in 15th.

Galatasaray are in second but four points behind leaders Basaksehir of Istanbul.


Europa League: Manchester United Thrash Feyenoord 4-0

Europa League: Manchester United Thrash Feyenoord 4-0 with Wayne RooneyManchester United remained in control of their Europa League destiny with one group game to play as Wayne Rooney made history in a dominant 4-0 win over Feyenoord at Old Trafford.

The captain, returning to the starting line-up, became United’s all-time leading scorer in Europe on 39 goals with a composed finish to give the Reds a deserved 1-0 lead at the break.

In the second half, Juan Mata slid home his fifth goal of the season to double the lead before Zlatan Ibrahimovic laid on the third strike of the night as his cross was diverted into his own net by Feyenoord’s goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Substitute Jesse Lingard capped off a stunning move with a curling shot in stoppage time, as Jose Mourinho’s men ran out comfortable winners following a fine all-round display.

It means the Reds, who can still top the group, will book a place in the last 32 of the competition with a point away to Zorya Luhansk in the final Group A match on December 8.

Mourinho named a strong team despite making six changes from Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal as Henrikh Mkhitaryan made only his second United start and Sergio Romero replaced the rested David De Gea in goal.

After Fenerbahce’s 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk earlier in the evening, United kicked off knowing that a defeat would lead to elimination from this season’s competition while a win would almost be enough to go through.

Manchester United Risk Europa Exit After Fenerbahce Defeat

Fenerbahce, Europa League, Manchester UnitedEnglish side, Manchester United are close to elimination from the Europa League after losing 1-2 to Fenerbahce.

Moussa Sow’s 65th second goal was the opener as Jose Mourinho’s side travelled to Turkey on Thursday night.

The visitors dominated possession but saw world record signing Paul Pogba go off with a leg injury in the first half.

Jeremain Lens also curled in a brilliant free-kick in the second half as the Red Devils struggled harder to get a goal.

Their effort later turned to celebration as Wayne Rooney smashed in a 25-yard consolation goal in less than two minutes to the end of the game.

Manchester United are now third in Group A with one point behind leaders Feyenoord and Fenerbahce.

They have two games left against the Dutch side at Old Trafford and away to Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk.

Mourinho Rues United’s Congested Schedule

mourinhoManchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho has rued his side’s tight fixture schedule as he contemplated a potentially tough run of matches in October.

United got their Europa League campaign off the ground with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford on Thursday and host Group A leaders Fenerbahce in their next game on October 20.

Prior to that, they face a Monday night match at arch rivals Liverpool, with a trip to Chelsea next in the Premier League, and a crunch game against Manchester City in the League Cup to follow.

“We could play Liverpool on the Saturday, we could play Liverpool on the Sunday but we play Liverpool on the Monday,’ he said.

“We have this kind of poisoned gift of playing on Monday which creates a very difficult situation but we want to try to qualify for the next round.

“There’s a long way to go but we will play against Fenerbahce with a good team,” he said.

His team needed the intervention of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to beat Zorya 1-0 on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic, who turns 35 on Monday October 3, headed home a second-half winner to see off the Ukrainian outfit.

Mourinho had signaled his intentions by picking a strong side that also featured world record signing Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.

He was rewarded with a third consecutive win in all competitions to lift the mood at the club after they had previously suffered three straight losses.