Mesut Ozil received “some crazy offers” from Asia before deciding to put pen to paper on a new contract with Arsenal.
The former German international signed a new deal worth a reported £350,000-a-week in January to make him the club’s highest-paid player.
Ozil‘s agent Dr Erkut Sogut claims that money was by no means the only driving force with the 30-year-old telling him: “this is my home, I want to be here.”
“We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers. But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor,” Sogut told the Evening Standard.
“Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays.
“Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers [sales] were the largest at the club.
“At the end of the day, this is all information that has to be taken into consideration.
“So, the commercial side is very big with a player like Mesut, who has played in different countries and was the No. 10 of the national team, where he won the World Cup.
“His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart.
“We were free to sign with other clubs and in the end Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.”