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Agent: Ozil could be Arsenal chairman

The agent of Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says coaching is an unlikely post-playing move.

Instead, Dr Erkut Sogut says he's more likely to spend time on a club's board - or even as a chairman.

Asked if Ozil could become Arsenal manager in the future, Sogut told The Sun: "Who knows? Maybe Chairman Ozil."

Ozil is under contract at Arsenal until the summer of 2021 having put pen to paper on a deal worth £350,000 a week last year.

Sogut was instrumental in that agreement being hammered out and he's explained what Ozil's stance was all along.

Recalling talks with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Sogut said: "He was a fantastic guy. I have never met a coach like him.

"I have not seen his patience, kindness and calmness in many people. We always spoke in German and it was clear Arsene was very keen to get Mesut to Arsenal. I also dealt with Arsene on the new contract.

"Mesut had a lot of other opportunities at the time because he would have been a free agent and could have commanded a £40m signing-on fee elsewhere. But he never wanted to leave.

"Was this deal my best moment as an agent? No, it was when I helped a 17-year-old kid sign his first professional contract. That made me happier."

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