Ozil rejected £1m a week deal to sign for Arsenal

Author: Daily Mail
Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil rejected the chance to become one of the world's highest-earning footballers to stay with Arsenal, according to his agent, Dr Erkut Sogut.

The German playmaker was into the final five months of his Arsenal contract when he agreed to sign a three-and-half year deal worth £350,000 per week in February.

That deal was enough to make him the club's highest earner of all time, which lead many to conclude that the prolonged standoff had been down to the numbers.

But, in an interview with the Evening Standard, Sogut revealed Ozil turned down the chance to earn what would have been a world-first £1 million-per-week deal to play in Asia.

"We had some really big offers from Asia - there were some crazy offers," Sogut said. "But, for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor.

"Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.

"Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers (sales) were the largest at the club. His market is worldwide."

But, in an interview with the Evening Standard, Sogut revealed Ozil turned down the chance to earn what would have been a world-first £1million-per-week deal to play in Asia.

"We had some really big offers from Asia - there were some crazy offers," Sogut said. "But, for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor.

"Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.

"Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers (sales) were the largest at the club. His market is worldwide."