It has been revealed that Arsenal star man Mesut Ozil turned down offers of around £1million-a-week before signing a new contract with the Gunners at the end of January.
As reported by the Evening Standard, the Germany international rejected offers from Asia worth around £1million-a-week to ditch Arsenal.
Talks over a new contract with the German star was up in the air last season with the attacking midfielder entering the final six months of his contract after months of difficult negotiations which saw the former Real Madrid star being linked to a whole host of sides across Europe.
Mesut Ozil signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with Arsenal on January 31 of this year and in doing so, Ozil become the North London highest paid player.
According to BBC Sport, Ozil who was part of the Germany team that won the 2014 World Cup in 2014, is earning a whopping £350,000 a week before tax with the North London club.
In an interview with the London Standard, Ozil’s agent, Dr. Erkut Sogut spoke about the offers the German boss received and why the midfielder decided to stay at Arsenal and he said:
“We had some really big offers from Asia – there were some crazy offers.
“But, for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor.”
Ozil has been criticised in the past for failing to work hard enough to ensure success for the team, but the reports from earlier suggest that the 30-year-old is much more dedicated to life at the Emirates Stadium than many give him credit for.
It could be time to cut Ozil some slack, after all the star did turn down the opportunity to earn three times as much as he currently does in Asia.