Mesut Ozil returns to play

Mesut Ozil of Fenerbahce and Fedor Kudryashov of Antalyaspor during the Turkish Super League football match between Fenerbahce and Antalyaspor at Ulker Stadium in Istanbul , Turkey on March 04 , 2021.
Mesut Ozil of Fenerbahce and Fedor Kudryashov of Antalyaspor during the Turkish Super League football match between Fenerbahce and Antalyaspor at Ulker Stadium in Istanbul , Turkey on March 04 , 2021.

Mesut Ozil returned to playing with Fenerbahce after rupturing his ankle ligaments at the start of March.

Mesut Ozil of Fenerbahce during the Turkish Super League football match between Fenerbahce and Kasimpasa at Ulker Stadium in Istanbul , Turkey on April 25 , 2021. PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxTUR
Mesut Ozil of Fenerbahce during the Turkish Super League football match between Fenerbahce and Kasimpasa at Ulker Stadium in Istanbul , Turkey on April 25 , 2021. PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxTUR

Still without a goal or assist since leaving Arsenal in January, Mesut Ozil missed eight league games for Fenerbahce with both a ruptured ankle ligament and Covid.

The German started in a 0-0 draw against Alanyaspor on Thursday, the side he initially picked his injury up against, before being substituted after 65 minutes.

Mesut Ozil finally brought the curtain down on his Arsenal career at the start of 2021 when he sealed a ‘dream move’ to Fenerbahce but, if he’s honest, it’s been a bit of a nightmare since he signed.

Mesut Ozil medical via Fenerbahce
Mesut Ozil medical via Fenerbahce

Now worth just £4.5m, Ozil has played just 483 minutes of football for Fenerbahce since his free move in January.

With an average fotmob rating of 6.46 (6.1 on his return) during his time in Turkey, Ozil has still to register a goal or assist and and there are only four games left of the season for Fenerbahce. He is currently sidelined with an ankle ligament rupture.

Mesut Ozil Fotmob ratings
Mesut Ozil Fotmob ratings

Much was made about the paycut that Ozil took to leave Arsenal, however, it was revealed this week that Arsenal are still paying 90% of Mesut Ozil’s £350kpw wages.

This will end when his Arsenal contract finally runs out this summer. His contract in Turkey runs until 2024 when he will then ‘only’ be paid the sum of £70,000 per week.