Mesut Ozil is fuming over a ‘campaign’ to undermine him as an Arsenal player.
Ozil has grown increasingly angry at flak being fired his way.
The German told pals he wants to set the record straight over his commitment to the club.
SunSport can reveal that World Cup-winner Ozil, 29, has NOT had talks about a new contract with Arsenal since March, has NOT told anybody at the club he wants to join Manchester United and has NOT asked for £300k a week.
Ozil fears he is the pawn in a game being played over his intentions to stay.
A close friend of Ozil revealed: “Mesut has not had any contract offer from Arsenal. There were talks about a modest pay rise last season but all those talks ended in March. There’s been nothing since then.
“At the time there was uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’s future so the conversations stopped.
“He has not been offered £300,000 a week — in fact, he has no offers on the table from Arsenal or any other club.
“And he is not seeking to become the highest-paid player in the Premier League. That’s not his aim.”
Claims surfaced yesterday that midfielder Ozil told Arsenal team-mates he wants to be re-united with his former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Ozil’s current Arsenal £150,000-a-week contract runs out at the end of the season. He could sign a pre-contract agreement with a European club from January 1 — then leave on a free next summer.
But Ozil’s pal insisted: “Mesut is adamant he has never spoken to any player about going to Manchester United.
“He has no idea if United want him but he wants to stay at Arsenal. Look, he just bought a new house in London.
“Mesut had been renting but he decided to buy a house because he both expects and wants to stay.
“But he is angry that people are briefing against him and feels there seems to be some sort of campaign against him. His intention has always been to remain at Arsenal.
“Mesut, though, does feel he is being isolated and kept in the dark. He is worried that there is a game going on and he is left in the middle of it.”
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