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Fenerbahce president Koc proud to sign Ozil: Wenger advice a key in deal

Fenerbahce have unveiled new signing Mesut Ozil to the Turkish football public.

Ozil signed for Fener this week after securing a release from his Arsenal contract.

Fener president Ali Koc said: "When I first arrived in London to begin negotiations with Mesut, I first spoke with Arsene Wenger. He said, 'you don't need to ask about his talent'. I asked how he was, how his fitness was.

"Arsene was so positive about Mesut and so he spoke with our manager. It was a very fruitful conversation.

"During our conversation, Mesut mentioned his dreams to play for his childhood club and for this he said he wouldn't make the financial aspect an issue. It was then that our journey to sign him truly started."

On negotiating with Ozil, Koc continued: "When we came back from London, we started the detailed talking with Arsenal. We cleared the wrinkles in order to realise the transfer. Until yesterday, it was still a dream and some people were still saying it was impossible.

"To have such a big name come to Fenerbahce people said it couldn't happen but there were many things in our favour to realise this; his wish to pay for his childhood club and his longing to play in Turkey.

"His sacrifice financially also played in our favour. There were many better offers in front of him, but to have such a world-class player to join our club without a fee, his unhappiness at Arsenal and his relationship with his agent - a big Fenerbahce fan - all worked in our favour.

"When all these conditions came together, it was clearly a huge opportunity for Fenerbahce."

There have been reports this week that Fenerbahce asked fans to help fund Ozil's £13million wage packet by donating money through a text message campaign.

Koc asked fans to donate £2 each via an SMS service.

The Turkish club are suffering from financial troubles and are £460m in debt, but Koc added: "I want to explain this a bit more. We didn't start a special campaign [to fund the transfer].

"We only changed our usual two-year campaign [Fenerol] for four days [to Mesutol]. This is a sub-campaign where Mesut in Turkish means 'happy'. We were reflecting our joy in the transfer.

"We'd like to thank our great fans who have come together with us and supporting us. A quarter of a million of these short messages reflect their happiness in Mesut's arrival and this will also make us very happy."


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