Schalke confirm interest in Mesut Ozil


Schalke have confirmed their interest in signing Mesut Ozil when his contract runs out with Arsenal in the summer.

The German international is yet to extend his contract with the club, adding fuel to the fire of his reported discontent, with a host of potential suitors waiting to pounce.

Speaking with German sports magazine Kicker, Schalke’s head of supervisory board Clemens Tonnies revealed the club’s interest in seeing Mesut Ozil turn out at the Veltins-Arena once again.

Mesut Ozil started his professional career with hometown club Schalke, but only ever made 39 appearances for the club after falling out with management. He described Schalke as his ‘absolute favourite club’ during an interview with Funke Media Group in June, refusing to rule out a return.

“I still have a great relationship with Mesut,” Clemens Tonnies told Kicker.

“We would definitely consider it (a return). If it fits for both sides, it would be nice.”

Mesut Ozil came through the youth ranks at Schalke in 2006, making 39 appearances for the senior team before moving to Werder Bremen in 2008.

Although the 29-year-old will be a free agent in the summer should Arsene Wenger fail to convince him to stay at Arsenal, Tonnies isn’t overly optimistic about clinching a deal for the World Cup-winner any time soon.

“The player (Mesut Ozil) could say that he returns to his roots and plays football in this stadium and for those fans and the region once again. But it will certainly not happen next season.”

Mesut Ozil answered his detractors in the North London derby against Tottenham, grabbing an assist en route to a 2-0 win for The Gunners.


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