MESUT OZIL has left Fenerbahce after his contract was terminated, according to reports.
The midfielder, 33, joined the Turkish giants in January 2021 and made 36 appearances for the club.
His dwindling fitness levels led to him being frozen out of the Fenerbahce squad by interim manager Ismail Kartal earlier this year.
And now, new boss Jorge Jesus has revealed that the midfielder will have no place in his squad in future.
During a press conference, he said: “He had his time, his space.
“He has a beautiful history in Turkey, no one can take it away from him.
But after scoring eight goals in 22 league games last season Ozil has been deemed surplus to requirements and released, report NTV Spor.
Ozil may not be without a club for long however and he could even stay in Istanbul following talks to join Istanbul Başakşehir.
The former Arsenal star fell out of favour at Fenerbahce and was left out of the squad by previous interim head coach Ismail Kartal, who questioned his fitness.
The appointment of Jorge Jesus as manager did not change the situation and Ozil continued to be frozen out until his release.
Ozil was reportedly keen to end his career at Fenerbahce but the club is ready for a fresh approach.
He would be quite a coup for Istanbul Basaksehir and he could join former Tottenham rival Nacer Chadli at the club.
Ozil is approaching the end of his career and if he does not find a club he could consider hanging up his boots.
Ozil has since closed the door on his Fenerbahce career by unfollowing the club on social media, despite the fact he still has two years remaining on his current contract.
The Super Lig giants are now looking to sell him this summer as he is one of the club’s highest earners.
He already has plans for retirement with the midfielder’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut telling The Telegraph: “He will go more into esports, play himself and maybe become an esports athlete.
“He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing.
“He owns a team – M10 Esports – and he has players.
“He has a gaming house in Germany. He has football, like Fifa, and Fortnite.”
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