Mesut Ozil made his first public impression after being left out of Turkish club Fenerbahce’s first-team squad.
And it is that the Turkish club Fenerbahce announced yesterday, Thursday, the exclusion of Ozil, former Real Madrid and Arsenal playmaker, from the first team list with immediate effect.
Fenerbahce did not explain the reason for the decision to exclude Ozil, and the same applied to Turkish midfielder Ozan Tofan.
Reports in Turkey claimed that the decision came after a dispute arose between the players and manager Ismail Kartal, and that the players would not train with the first team.
It is not yet clear at this stage if there is a way back at the club for the players.
Ozil posted a message on social media on Friday, which translated as “The main thing is Fenerbahce”, accompanied by the club’s flag and the Turkish flag.
And he replaced German star Ozil during the break between the two halves of Fenerbahce’s match against Konyaspor last Sunday, with the team trailing by a clean goal.
Fenerbahce came from behind to win 2-1, with Tofan coming on as a late substitute.
Fenerbahce signed Ozil from Arsenal in 2021, after he was left out of the club’s accounts.
Tofan spent the first part of the current season at Watford.
The contract with Ozil was a big blow for the Turkish giant.
Fenerbahce is third in the Turkish league this season, two points behind runners-up Konyaspor but 17 points behind leaders Trabzonspor.