Mesut Ozil has been forced to pay almost £500,000 to his father Mustafa to settle a bitter legal dispute that ended up in the German courts, reports Metro.
The Germany international was once represented by his father but is believed to have had quite a substantial tiff with him shortly after joining Arsenal last year. Ozil transferred the role to his brother Mutlu, but Mustafa persevered with a claim of wrongful dismissal.
Mustafa sued his son for £493,000, which he believed were owed to him through lost earnings. Ozil refused to pay out, instead choosing to repossess Mustafa's company car.
The family feud ended up in the German courts but it now appears the Arsenal star has decided to settle and pay out. As he reportedly earns £130,000-a-week at Arsenal it should not put too much of a dent in his bank balance.
But it is just more bad news for the 26-year-old, who has had possibly the worst six months of his life. Not only did he suffer the first serious injury of his career, snapping a tendon in his knee and being ruled out for up to three months, but he has also reportedly split with German bombshell Mandy Capristo.
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Split from girlfriend
The famous singer has reportedly moved out of Ozil's London home after German tabloid newspaper Bild claimed to have evidence of an alleged affair between the playmaker and the girlfriend of ex-Bayern Munich player Christian Lell, Melanie Rickinger.
While the news went under the radar in England, it was splashed all over the front pages in his native country. Not only this, but Ozil has had to bear the brunt of harsh criticism from Arsenal fans unhappy with his form.
Since becoming Arsenal's most expensive player in history in 2013, Ozil has failed to translate his Real Madrid form into the Premier League. With Arsene Wenger rejecting the chance to sign Cesc Fabregas because of Ozil, the German has hardly been endeared to Arsenal fans since joining.
So. all-in-all, it has not been the best of times for Ozil. While his former team-mates celebrated a famous Champions League win last season, he was struggling for fourth place in the Premier League.
Not only that but his personal life is in pieces. No wonder there are reports of his discontent.
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