SPORTS | Ozil: I turned down ‘fairy tale’ £100m China move

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Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil has revealed that he had the chance to move to the Chinese Super League and earn £100 million over the course of his contract – but he turned the move down.

The Germany star did admit he had doubts over his performances when they were criticised, but these were quelled by France veteran Robert Pires, who offered advice to the playmaker on the frequent occasions he would visit the club.

“When I got an offer from China last summer, however, I didn’t need his [Pires’s] advice because the offer was too absurd,” Ozil explains in his forthcoming autobiography ‘Gunning for Greatness’.

“The Chinese were prepared to pay me £100 million net over a period of five years. A fairy tale amount of money that went beyond the limits of my imagination.”

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