Mesut Ozil has not played a game for Fenerbahce since January with reports that the German midfielder is dealing with a back injury.

However, reports have come out that the real reason behind Ozil’s absence is due to unpaid salaries. To set the records straight the Turkish Super Lig team issued an official statement blasting this allegation.

“The news that Mesut Ozil did not play because his debts from the club were not paid have nothing to do with the facts,” the club said in an official statement. “As we have often experienced, this kind of fake news that is created completely haphazardly without being confirmed by any official from our club is beyond our tolerance limit.”

It appears the claims of salary-related issues were made by a reporter named Volkan Demir. The club is now calling out the reporter, asking him to correct his comments and also apologize.

“Despite the heavy economic conditions at Fenerbahce, payments have been made on time until now,” the club said. “We invite Volkan Demir, who voiced this news, to correct his comment and apologise. Otherwise, we would like to point out that our club will not be able to take part in any organization or facility it hosts.”

It appears the reporter’s claim was based on the fact that the Turkish club is currently in over £312million of debt and has been placed under strict financial constraints by UEFA.

As for Ozil who was acquired from Arsenal FC, he is earning just under £3.5million a year in Turkey.

According to Diario AS, the 33-year-old is unhappy with Fenerbahce and is allegedly seeking a move away from the club.

Ozil has made 23 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring eight goals. Fenerbahce is currently fourth in the Super Lig and was knocked out of the Europa Conference League by Slavia Prague last month, the Daily Mail reported.

Mesut Ozil of Fenerbahce
Mesut Ozil of Fenerbahce Getty Images | Seskim Photo/MB Media

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