Arsene Wenger is adamant that Mesut Ozil will not be leaving Arsenal this summer, amid speculation of a move to Europe.
The Gunners boss has moved to squash any talk of the German playmaker leaving the Emirates this summer, according to FourFourTwo, following reports linking the 26-year-old with a move to Italian champions, Juventus.
However Wenger has assured fans that any rumours of an Ozil move are in fact, no more than that.
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Ozil has received admiring glances from Old Lady boss Massimiliano Allegri, who is looking to build on his side's domestic double and following the loss of Andrea Pirlo and potentially Paul Pogba the Italian giants could have a rebuilding job in the centre of midfield.
The Champions League finalist's new sponsorship deal with Adidas, who are also in partnership with the German international, is also cited as a factor that could see him make the switch.
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“During this period, the newspapers are creative and have to be creative, but many times the stories are created by agents," said Wenger.
"Ozil is our player, he will remain our player and wants to remain our player.
"It's a big season for him because he had a difficult start last year and in the second part of the season he was very important [for us]. He's improved his defensive attitude, he works hard and offensively he's a top-class player."
Ozil’s performances for the Gunners improved in the last six months of the 2014-15 season, following a tough opening campaign, as he helped Arsenal finish third.
Having scored nine and assisted 14 goals in 48 games since joining the Gunners, the 2014 World Cup winner has not yet been able to recreate the form that led him to be one of the most sought after creative midfielders in the world during his time in the Spanish capital.
Helping his side to a first Premier League title since 2004 would go some way to justifying the £42.5 million forked out for his signature in 2013 and with the addition of a world class goalkeeper in Petr Cech, Arsenal are tipped to be in the mix for the Premier League title come the end of next season.
With Wenger keen on adding another striker and a fourth central defender to his ranks you can see why he may not be keen to make changes in an area of the field that already possesses a vast array of talent.
However, if Ozil can continue his improvement since moving to the capital, we may yet see the re-emergence of a player whose sale caused so much anger to a certain Cristiano Ronaldo on deadline day two summers ago.