Mesut Ozil says he will remain at Arsenal until his contract expires next year despite not featuring for the north London side towards the end of last season.
Ozil didn't feature in any of Arsenal's matches after the Premier League restarted and has been linked with a move away from the Emirates. Real Madrid's contract with Arsenal is set to expire next summer and it was earlier reported that the Gunners were looking to pay up the final year of his deal.
"My position is clear. I’m here through to the last day of our agreement and I’ll give everything I have for this club," the playmaker told The Athletic in an interview.
"Situations like these will never break me, they only make me stronger. I showed in the past that I can come back into the team and I will show it again."
Decision to leave
"Things have obviously been difficult but I love Arsenal, I love to work there, I love the people in the club - the real people, those I’ve been with for a long time - and I love London, it’s my home."
"I’ll decide when I go, not other people. I didn’t sign for two or three years, I signed for four and that should be respected by everyone. Whatever happened in the last two seasons, I’m happy and very strong mentally. I never give up on anything. I want to help my team and I’ll fight for it. If I’m fit, I know what I can do on the pitch."