The "crazy money" Ozil rejected to stay at Arsenal revealed

Mesut Ozil’s agent has opened up on the staggering money that was on the table for the German to leave Arsenal.

Ozil was seemingly on his way out of the Emirates a year ago when his contract was due to expire at the end of last season.

But Arsenal broke their wage structure and offered Ozil a huge £350,000-a-week deal to keep him at the club.

That salary didn’t come close to what Ozil was reportedly being offered from elsewhere, with the 30-year-old turning down a staggering £1m-a-week from China, reports the Standard.

But agent Dr Erkut Sogut says the player wasn’t fazed by money and wanted to remain in north London.

"We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers. But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor," he said.

"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.

"His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but 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’.”

Ozil has enjoyed a revival under Unai Emery this season, with the Gunners unbeaten since the first month of the season.

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