Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been labelled a "relationship killer" by former Bayern Munich defender Christian Lell, who has accused the £42.4 million star of having an affair with his former girlfriend Melanie Rickinger.
Lell's revelations made by the front page of German tabloid Bild on Tuesday, with Ozil's 26th birthday marred by allegations of pestering on WhatsApp that are likely to have landed him in hot water with pop-star partner Mandy Capristo.
Mesut branded a 'snake' by scorned Lell
Lell is absolutely adamant Ozil was involved with Rickinger despite a stern denial from his ex-girlfriend and decided Bild was the place to air his dirty laundry.
The former Bayern starlet and German youth international insisted: "Mesut exploited his fame, and muscled in on our relationship. 'That isn't OK'."
Ozil's representatives refused the chance to comment on the situation, but Rickinger certainly didn't and showed there's plenty of ill feeling in this unfortunate love triangle.
"I deleted everything on my phone. He must have gone on himself and backed everything up. He's completely crazy."
The £42.4m Gunners star's long-term girlfriend Capristo has also decided to keep her thoughts to herself on the story for now, but did delete a string of photos including Ozil from various social media accounts over the last 24 hours.
Ozil enduring fortnight to forget
Whatever the truth about this sordid story it's another headache Ozil could do without, particularly as it comes just a week after the World Cup winner was diagnosed with a knee ligament injury that will keep him sidelined for at least 10 weeks.
Arsenal's club-record buy has flattered to deceive in recent weeks, scoring just a single goal in this season in an impressive display against Aston Villa that has been the exception rather than the rule in a difficult start to the season.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger definitely still has plenty of faith in the potent playmaker to deliver, although he'll be forced to wait until 2015 to find out if Ozil has the quality and character to justify that stance.
What Ozil could definitely do without is any kind of salacious scandal that detracts from his rehabilitation and thrown whether he's happy in North London into doubt, although the World Cup winner did put a fairly emphatic Tweet insisting his long-term future is at the Emirates earlier this week.
The £140,000-a-week midfielder has likely endured a birthday to forget if the events of the last eight days are anything to go by, but Wenger will definitely expect his marquee signing to get over this tough spell to find top form during the business end of the campaign regardless.
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