Istanbul Başakşehir signs Mesut Özil on a free transfer

Mesut Ozil has been announced as a new İstanbul Basaksehir player after his contract at Fenerbahce was terminated.

The midfielder was dropped from the Fenerbahce squad due to an issue with coach Ismail Kartal and it was confirmed on Wednesday that he has left the club.

Basaksehir quickly emerged as the favourites to sign the Germany international and have confirmed that they have a deal in place for the 33-year-old.

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The 33-year-old joined Fenerbahce on a free transfer in January 2021 and was contracted to the Turkish Super Lig side until 2024.

But Ozil has not played for his boyhood club since he was “excluded” from the squad in March.

Fenerbahce announced Ozil’s departure in a statement that read: “It has been agreed that the contract between our club and Mesut Ozil will be terminated by mutual agreement… We wish Mesut Ozil success for the rest of his career.”

Meanwhile, fellow Super Lig team Basaksehir have already wrapped up a deal with the ex-Arsenal star.

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The club posted on Twitter a quote that president Goksel Gumusdag made about Ozil to Bild in 2018.

The quote reads: “One day our paths will cross in Basaksehir”.

In that interview, the president added: “If he wants to come, we will do everything we can to get him.”

Basaksehir followed up by tagging Ozil in a post confirming that an official announcement on the playmaker is on the way.

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