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Former German soccer player Mesut Özil has ruled out a return to the Bundesliga after signing with Fenerbahce Istanbul. The 32 year old offensive player was officially introduced from his new club in Istanbul.
When asked by a reporter whether he could imagine returning to the Bundesliga, he said “No”. He also ruled out a return to the German national team. The subject is closed. "Once I've taken a path, I never turn back," he said. "I wish the German national team every success, but I'll never play there again." Özil received strong applause for the statements.
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It is still unclear when Özil will play for Fenerbahce for the first time. He said he hopes to be on the field as soon as possible. Fenerbahce is a club that is very close to his heart, so he will give everything. He hopes to become champion with Fenerbahce. "I am very happy to be here," said Özil.
Regarding his commitment, Özil said: "For Fenerbahce it was a dream, for me a wish." Club president Ali Koc rated the day as historic. It was a dream that Özil would play at Fenerbahce, he said. "Today the honeymoon ends and the real work begins."
The club paid tribute to Özil with a detailed introduction and showed his career in a video. Özil was born in Gelsenkirchen, his family comes from the northern Turkish province of Zonguldak. The footballer answered the questions in Turkish, looking for the right words every now and then.
Özil moved to Fenerbahce after seven and a half years at the London club Arsenal, where he signed a contract for three and a half years. In the 3-0 victory of the second in the table on Monday evening against Kayserispor, the 2014 world champion was not yet in the squad and watched the game from the stands.
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