That was lightning fast! Mesut Ozil’s transfer to Istanbul Basaksehir is finalised only 29 MINUTES after his release by Fenerbahce, as the former Arsenal star joins the team dubbed ‘Erdogan FC’ due to ties to Turkish President Erdogan.

Mesut Ozil has been revealed as Istanbul Basaksehir’s latest acquisition, less than half an hour after his release from Turkish rivals Fenerbahce.

Ozil’s contract with Fenerbahce was terminated over four months after he was shut out of the team following a disagreement with then temporary head coach Ismail Kartal about his health.

His fortunes did not improve under new manager Jorge Jesus, who continued to remove the former Arsenal star from his team, although sources say that his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

They did not display the face of the 33-year-old ex-Real Madrid and Germany midfielder in the announcement video, but only tagging his Twitter account with 35 seconds of a popular Turkish song sung by Tarkan Tevetoglu.

But, having not played for Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce since March 20, Istanbul Basaksehir will be hoping he takes his dancing shoes to the Fatih Terim Stadium.Ozil appeared in 36 Fenerbahce matches, scoring nine goals and assisting on three others.

The 33-year-old left Arsenal in January 2021 to join Turkey, but his stint was short-lived, as he was forced to practise alone after being exiled.Earlier this summer, Ozil stated that despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, he was eager to “give” to the club.

He unfollowed them on social media as well.Now he plays for a football team called ‘Erdogan FC’ after Turkey’s president, with Recep Tayyip’s photo hanging at the training facility and the Basaksehir neighbourhood renowned as a bastion for his party.Ozil’s bond with Turkey’s controversial president Erdogan remains strong, with the latter serving as the former’s best man at his wedding in 2019.

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His connection with Erdogan dates back over a decade, and a meeting with him, together with Ilkay Gundogan and Cenk Tosun, before the 2018 World Cup made quite a sensation in Germany owing to the president’s attitude against the country.Ozil’s action contradicts a statement last month in which he slammed ‘false news’ rumours about his future in an Instagram post accompanied by a photo of him stepping out in a Fenerbahce shirt and emphasising his desire to’serve’ the Turkish team.’

I wanted to make this statement in order to avoid public dishonour and to properly educate our community,’ he added.’First and foremost, I prepare separately using a specific software, and I anxiously await my turn to meet and contribute to my childhood love.”

Both myself and my club are going through a natural football process. It is my deepest wish to assist my beloved Fenerbahçe by completing this procedure as successfully as possible.’My appeal to our supporters is that they not believe bogus news in the media.’


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