Mesut Ozil leaves Fenerbahce for their rival team

Germany's midfielder Mesut Ozil gestures as he sits on the field during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Germany and Mexico at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 17, 2018. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADS (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mesut Ozil has left Fenerbahce and joined Istanbul Basaksehir on a one-year deal. The 33-year-old playmaker joined Fenerbahce from Arsenal just last year but has seen his contract terminated. Istanbul B asaksehir finished fourth in the Turkish Super Lig.

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Ozil played 36 games for Fenerbahce in total, contributing eight goals and three assists across all competitions as they finished second in the Turkish Super Lig. Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus has just been appointed as their new manager and will hope to mount a more convincing challenge for the title in 2022/23.

Ozil has endured an unusual end to a career that saw him achieve so much. The German began his journey in the Bundesliga with Schalke before making his name with Werder Bremen. He secured his big move to Real Madrid in 2010 and ended up spending three seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu – contributing an impressive 27 goals and 80 assists in 159 games – before leaving for Arsenal. Ozil was part of the German side that won the 2014 World Cup.

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