Ozil 'is DUMPED by Adidas as they decide to end his £22m sponsor deal'
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil ‘is DUMPED by Adidas as they decide to end his £22m sponsor deal’ after he was also dropped by Mercedes
- Mesut Ozil will reportedly be dropped by Adidas after seven years this summer
- Arsenal star signed a contract worth £22m with the sportswear giant in 2013
- Ozil was dropped by car manufacturer Mercedes following 2018 controversy
- He quit the German national team and was pictured with the Turkish president
- Ozil is the Gunners’ highest earner on £350,000 a week on a deal until 2021
Mesut Ozil could be left without a boot sponsor after Adidas decided not to renew his lucrative contract beyond this summer, according to Bild.
The Arsenal star, who is the club’s top earner on £350,000 a week, signed for the German sportswear giants back in 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.
Ozil’s seven-year deal was worth around £22million and saw him make a high-profile switch from Nike to their biggest rivals.
Mesut Ozil has reportedly been dumped by German sportswear giant Adidas after seven years
The Arsenal star was pictured wearing Adidas boots in training at London Colney this week
Speaking about signing with Adidas at the time, Ozil’s father Mustafa said: ‘Adidas is No 1 in football and a brand with great appeal. That fits.’
However, German newspaper Bild claim that the company will not extend the deal for the 31-year-old, who found himself out of favour under previous Gunners boss Unai Emery earlier this season.
It is the second major sponsor Ozil has lost in the last two years after Mercedes also allowed his contract to expire in 2018.
That decision came in the wake of the playmaker quitting the German national team after claiming he had been made a scapegoat for their World Cup failure in Russia.
The midfielder was also dropped by Mercedes after quitting the German national team
Ozil poses with a pair of Adidas boots alongside Germany team-mate Thomas Muller in 2016
Ozil also courted controversy when he was pictured alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London before the tournament.
Erdogan has been described as a modern-day dictator by his harshest critics and his three-day visit to the capital was met with protests from a number of human-rights groups.
It is not known whether these incidents played a part in Adidas’ decision to part ways with Ozil, who will now be free to sign with another boot manufacturer.
The former Werder Bremen star has been pictured wearing Adidas boots in training this week, although his contract is likely to expire before the delayed Premier League season comes to an end in late July.
Company spokesman Oliver Bruggen told Bild: ‘Contract talks are generally not publicly commented on at Adidas.’
Ozil will continue to wear Adidas’ Arsenal products after his personal contract expires
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