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Arsenal star in contract talks, admits a move to MLS could be future option

By Amir Mir

Mesut Ozil has confirmed contract negotiations with Arsenal have resumed, as he admitted moving to the MLS “could be an option” in the future.

Ozil has a contract at the Emirates until 2018, but talks over an extension were initially suspended due to Euro 2016.

The German international joined Arsenal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2013 and has quickly become one of the main forces in the current Gunners team.

Ozil enjoyed a standout season for Arsene Wenger’s side last term, and the playmaker notched up a league high of 19 assists and helped his side with six goals in 35 games for the Gunners.

The 27-year-old confirmed that he is in talks with the north London club about a new contract.

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“I have a contract until 2018,” Ozil told German publication Express as quoted by Sky Sports. “We have had discussions, but they were suspended for the European Championship.

“I wanted to focus at this time only on the national team. Now we look to continue the negotiations.”

When Ozil was pressed about his future with Wenger’s side the German admitted that moving to the MLS “could be an option” later in his career.

“In football, you can never say never,” said Ozil. “You don’t know what will happen. I had a good time in Germany. That was a lot of fun.

“Eventually [moving to MLS] could be an option. I have fun everywhere. My fans know that I like to spend my vacation in Los Angeles, because the city inspires me.”

Prior to the international break Wenger picked up his first win of the season, when his side beat Watford 3-1 away from home, after a defeat against Liverpool in the opening-day fixture and a draw at Leicester.

In other Arsenal transfer news, this striker reveals how close he came to signing for Arsene Wenger’s side.