Former Arsenal and Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil could move into esports after the end of his football career, his agent has sensationally claimed.
Ozil’s nightmare at Fenerbahce appears to be drawing to a close after the club’s new manager Jorge Jesus said the 34-year-old German international would not play for them again.
He has not featured for the Turkish Super Lig side since March 20 after he was excluded from the squad following a row with interim head coach Ismail Kartal over his fitness.
Kartal did not get the managerial job permanently, but Jesus has pledged to follow in his footsteps and keep Ozil, who earns £350,000-a-week at Fenerbahce, away from the starting XI.
Ozil’s turmoil in Turkey has forced him to look at the next steps in his career – and his agent Dr Erkut Sogut has revealed he could swap football for Fortnite.
‘He will go more into eSports, play himself and maybe become an eSports athlete,’ Sogut told The Telegraph.
‘He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he is competing.
‘He owns a team – M10 Esports – and he has players. He has a gaming house in Germany. He has football, like FIFA, and Fortnite.’
Ozil has endured a difficult period since leaving Arsenal in January 2021 and Sogut believes the club could have handled his exit better.
In the lead-up to Ozil’s departure, the player criticised China for its mistreatment of Uighur Muslims, while he himself came under fire for posing for a photo with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
‘They were a club that was always neutral in terms of political things but they are not neutral any more, right? They gave it up,’ he added. ‘They can’t just stay neutral in certain situations. Now they have spoken up with Ukraine. They are now taking a position as a club.
‘Now they’re outspoken about issues in the world which when it was Mesut they said: ‘We don’t want to discuss things like that’.
‘But it was a development I think for them as well as a club that things are changing and they have to adapt as well.’