‘Gunning for Success’ is the title of Mesut Ozil’s forthcoming autobiography, parts of which have already been made public. Among other details the German is disclosing, there is one about an offer he received from a Chinese club, one, though, that he claims to have rejected in less than three minutes.
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. In spite of this, it took me less than three minutes to decline the offer
is mentioned in Ozil’s autobiography, giving details about what exactly happened those ‘less than three minutes’.
My agent, Erkut, called me to let me know about the bid. He said: ‘I think we’re agreed what we’re going to do, aren’t we? You won’t consider it, will you?’
was Dr Erkut Sogut’s question. The answer of the Arsenal star;
I’m nowhere near the end of my career,’ I replied. ‘I still want to win titles with Arsenal. I don’t want to play in China no matter how much they’re willing to pay. No way’. And so the matter was settled.