Former German International and Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil has lauded Nigerian legend, Jay Jay Okocha as a decisive factor behind his shock move to Turkey’s Fenerbahce.
The 32-year-old agreed to terminate his lucrative contract with the gunners to move to his boyhood dream club, Fenerbahce, in a deal which had him slash his salary substantially.
He however lauded flamboyant midfielder, Jay Jay Okocha, as a motivation for the epoch-making decision during his media presentation on Wednesday,
“When I was a child, I remember being with someone who was supporting Besiktas and I was supporting Fenerbahce. I remember this and it will stay the same forever!
“While I was watching Fenerbahce, I liked Jay-Jay Okocha a lot for his playing style, and as for the team right now I’m really looking forward to playing with Dimitris Pelkas as we play in the same position. He’s a very talented footballer.”
Okocha featured for The Yellow Canaries in 3 seasons between 1996 and 1998, enjoying the best football in his career.
He scored 32 goals and provided 19 assists, the highest return for any club in his career, guiding them to their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 1996/97.
Mesut Ozil, who is nicknamed “The Assist King,” will be threading passes to Nigerian forward, Bright Osayi-Samuel, who also completed a winter move to the club.