Why Ozil snubbed Manchester United – revealed

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Man Utd were heavily linked with a move for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil but he now looks set to finally sign a new deal at the Emirates.

“I think in attack it’s very difficult for us to improve. Where are we going to get a better combination of players than we have?”

Just days after Jose Mourinho uttered those words, and confirmed that Manchester United had extended Juan Mata’s contract, news of Mesut Ozil’s new deal leaked out.

£350,000-a-week before tax, three-and-a-half years, 2021. These were the cold numbers that made big headlines on deadline day following months of speculation as Arsenal look to somehow save their season following another dismal defeat to Swansea on Tuesday night.

MEN Sport revealed last month that Ozil had yet to sign a new deal because he wanted to see Arsenal’s ‘prospective’ and long-term plan. The club’s latest offer had been on the table since December following a previous nine-month breakdown in talks.

Ozil had originally been offered a bonus-laden contract, which was dependent on the Gunners getting into the semi-finals of major competitions, before eventually clinching a significant increase on his original £152,000-a-week salary.


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