Is Fenerbahçe the right fit for Mesut Özil? – DW
Expectations are set to be high for Turkish-German midfielder Mesut Özil, whose new club, Fenerbahçe, could either become a perfect fit or a detriment to the polarising footballer, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle said on Tuesday.
Fenerbahçe has announced that it reached an agreement in principle with the 32-year-old for three-and-a-half years. The announcement follows months of speculation around Özil’s exclusion from the roster of Arsenal, where he played for almost eight years.
The Istanbul club that the footballer is set to be transferred to "has been having financial trouble recently and is heavily in debt,’’ DW said, while questions surround whether "Özil be able to hit the ground running in an aging squad that lacks pacey strikers.’’
According to Turkish journalist Ugur Karakullukcu, Özil may not have it very easy at Fenerbahçe.
"Fenerbahce's squad is built with a win-now mentality and Özil has to deliver straight from the start," Karakullukcu told DW. "But will he be able to slide seamlessly into the team? I have my doubts."
But the transfer could also very well prove ideal, as the midfielder has long expressed a desire to play in Turkey and fans are more than thrilled to have him join the team.
"Every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany," Özil wrote on Twitter. "And mine was Fenerbahce. Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country."
Fenerbahçe fans have flooded the social media accounts of Özil, DW said, seen by some as being among the best left-footed players in the world and others accuse of having a bad attitude.
The World Cup winner has made headlines over his "meanderingbetween the worlds of sports and politics, and seldom have his actions been without controversy,’’ according to DW.
When Özil was pictured with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ahead of the 2018 World Cup, he came under intense criticism in Germany, which set off a chain of events culminating in the Özil calling an end to his international football career.