You never want to be the person who says shut up and play football, but my word, you kind of wish Mesut Ozil’s agent would stop trapping off like the Trump of the agent world. Dr Ergot took time out to speak to James Olley at The Evening Standard.
“We had some really big offers from Asia – there were some crazy offers. But, for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor.
“Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.
“It came down to what was in his heart. We were free to sign with other clubs and, in the end, Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.“
This reads very much like: ‘PSG and Madrid were both spurned by loyal Wenger’
For me, it’s not a real offer if it’s from China. It really isn’t. It’s where hacks go to play out their dying days in a shite league. You’ve given up your sheen, you have no glamour, you’re a slave to money.
The reason Mesut’s agent has come out on the attack is he’s reading all sorts of opinion he doesn’t like.
- Aaron should have landed the deal
- Mesut isn’t worth the money
- The sort of number 10 Mesut wants to be is over
- The player is dead wood
- Why is he captain?
Playing the love card is so tired. It’s nonsense PR to deflect away from the honest truth > he’s been a bit shite this season.
He could answer a lot of the critics if his best performances were against Liverpool, not worldies vs Leicester City. I really don’t understand the odd fanboyism that follows him around. Call his game what it is at Arsenal, don’t hide behind spreadsheets, ‘he bleeds for us’ and nostalgia.
In other news, Kike ‘the king’ Marin reckons Arsenal are tracking Dembele, and we had a £100m plan for him last summer. He also soured the story by stating the player has gone missing from training and earns a whopping £12m a year. I mean, I love him, if we could get the most out of him, we’d have a truly spectacular forward line next season.
I think it’s more hope than reality, but I’d be more than happy to take a chance on genuine WOW talent. Though it has to be said, I’m a little concerned about how our Bundesliga imports are fairing at Arsenal, I know they haven’t all been direct, but they’re hardly pulling up trees.
Finally, an embarrassing story is doing the rounds that the leaving-do committee at EPL HQ is asking Premier League clubs to hand over £250k to give Scudamore a golden fuck off. Wow. Really? Is that how leaving present shakedowns work? Pretty grotesque considering the cash he’s earned over the years.
Right, I recorded a solo podcast. If it’s shite, I’ll never do it again. But everyone was out of town and I needed to get it done.
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