'World class' Mesut Ozil too good for Fenerbahce, says Michael Ballack, as he nears Arsenal exit

Jack Austin
The Independent
Ozil has been disappointing for Arsenal this season: Getty
Ozil has been disappointing for Arsenal this season: Getty

Mesut Ozil could play for any club in the world “if his head is right” according to compatriot Michael Ballack – but he is too good to move to Turkey.

Ozil, along with the rest of the Arsenal squad, has suffered a major drop in form this season as Arsene Wenger’s side have fallen to sixth in the Premier League and were dumped out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion.

The German will enter the last 12 months of his contract this summer, along with Alexis Sanchez, with speculation the pair will leave the club.

And reports surfaced on Wednesday that Ozil could be set for a move to Turkey, with Fenerbahce wanted the German to replace former Gunner Robin van Persie, but Ballack insisted a player of his “world class” standard should be aiming higher than that.

“Ozil is too good to play in that league,” Ballack told talkSPORT.

“He’s playing at a top club in Arsenal and he’s a fantastic player - he has what not many footballers have.

“The quality he has is world class, he has showed that many times, especially for Germany, but he is not performing well and now it’s on him to analyse it and think about what he wants.

“He can play for any club in the world if his head is right.”

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