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Mesut Ozil’s agent slams Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness’ remarks

Mesut Ozil recently retired from international football due to what he perceived to be unfair criticism over his meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

football Updated: Jul 24, 2018 16:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Mesut Ozil,Bayern Munich,Uli Hoeness
Mesut Ozil announced his retirement from the Germany national football team on Sunday in the wake of the controversy surrounding his recent meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.(AP)

Mesut Ozil’s agent has hit out at Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness for his remarks on the German national football team midfielder’s performances.

Ozil recently retired from international football due to what he perceived to be unfair criticism over his meeting of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hoeness had earlier slammed Ozil after his sudden retirement from the national team and said that he does not deserve a place in the team based on his club performances over the years.

However, Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut said that his statements have nothing to do with football.

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“The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football. As Mesut said in his statement, he accepts reasonable and fair criticism of his football and deals with that as part of the job,” Sogut said in an interview to Goal.com.

“However, Mr Hoeness cannot even provide any actual evidence to back up his foolish statements that are clearly exaggerated.”

“In this case, the stats are clear. Twenty-three goals, 40 assists - which is a German record - and five-time German player of the year - three of which come after 2014.”

“He claims that Mesut has been a ‘ghost’ for years, but what ‘ghost’ wins all these awards and has this much success? “

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“Mesut created more chances in the 2018 World Cup per 90 minutes than any other player, but, of course, he singles him out for criticism,” he added.

Ozil announced his retirement from the German national football team on Sunday in the wake of the controversy surrounding his recent meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He was heavily criticised after he and Ilkay Gundogan, who has also Turkish ancestry, posed for a photograph with Erdogan at a charity event in May.

Born to Turkish parents in the German city of Gelsenkirchen, Ozil has earned 92 caps, scoring 23 goals. He was also a key part of the Germany side that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup final in Brazil.

(With ANI inputs)

First Published: Jul 24, 2018 16:06 IST