ISTANBUL (Reuters) – World Cup-winning German midfielder Mesut Ozil signed for 2020 Turkish champions Basaksehir on Thursday, a day after leaving rivals Fenerbahçe.
“Our club has signed a one-year contract with a one-year option with Mesut Özil,” Basaksehir said in a statement.

Basaksehir is known for his close ties to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who witnessed Ozil’s 2019 wedding to a former Miss Turkey, Amine Goulse.
Ozil, 33, has parted ways with Fenerbahce with two years left on his contract.
He joined the Istanbul squad less than a year and a half ago but has been out of the first team since late March following a dispute.
New manager Jorge Jesus made it clear that he would not rush to overturn the decision when he took office in early June.
Ozil arrived at Fenerbahçe in January 2021 from Arsenal, where he was left out of the Gunners’ Premier League and Europa League squads that season. His last game for the London club dates back to March 2020.
Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013 and won the FA Cup three times under the then manager. Arsène Wenger.
The Turkish-born Germany 2014 World Cup winner ended his international career after what he called ‘racist’ attacks following the defending champion’s elimination in the first world cup round 2018.
He had come under heavy criticism in Germany after posing for a photo with Erdogan in 2018.

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