Mesut Ozil trained with his new team-mates on Sunday for the first time since leaving Arsenal; Ozil: “I believe Fenerbahce are contenders to be champions every season and hopefully we’ll do it as soon as possible. The dream is to play in the Champions League”
By Dan Sansom
Mesut Ozil is targeting Champions League qualification with Fenerbahce after completing his “dream” move from Arsenal.
The 32-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Turkish club and trained with his new team-mates on Sunday for the first time since leaving the Emirates.Sponsored link
Fenerbahce are second in the Super Lig – two points behind leaders Besiktas – and remain on track to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but just three points separate them from third-placed Galatasaray at the halfway point of the current campaign.
Speaking at a ceremony to officially unveil his signing on Wednesday, Ozil reiterated his happiness at joining Fenerbahce – the club he has supported since childhood – and revealed what he hopes to achieve in Turke
“It was a dream for Fenerbahce and it was a dream for me. For both parties, it will be a wonderful connection,” he said. “Hopefully, I will contribute to the team on the field with my talents and I hope we have a successful season.
“When I was a child, I remember being with someone who was supporting Besiktas and I was supporting Fenerbahce. I remember this and it will stay the same forever.
“I believe Fenerbahce are contenders to be champions every season and hopefully we’ll do it as soon as possible. The dream is to play in the Champions League. I’ve been used to playing under pressure, and I know there will be pressure here too.
“The objective of all players is to represent your team not only in the national league but also in Europe. Hopefully, we will get to the Champions League and there’s a lot of Turkish players that have been raised within the German infrastructure so hopefully this will help.
Koc: I spoke to Wenger before signing Ozil
Fenerbahce president Ali Koc was also at the ceremony and revealed he spoke to former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before starting the process of bringing Ozil to Turkey.