Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil insists he’ll see out his current contract with the club and will not be departing the Gunners in January.
The German has been heavily connected with an exit from the Emirates as he has started just one league game this term.
Manager Unai Emery was keen on offloading Mesut last January but Arsenal couldn’t find a buyer for the 30-year-old star, who signed a new four-year contract worth £350,000-a-week in 2018.
Ozil briefly won back his spot towards the end of last campaign but he’s been further marginalised this season following the arrival of Dani Ceballos.
Unai has offered few assurances to Mesut over his long-term future but the German star insists his future remains in north London and he won’t leave before his contract expires in 2021.
Asked whether he’d be leaving the club, the player told the Athletic: ‘No. I have a contract until the summer of 2021 and I will be staying until then.
‘When I signed the new deal, I thought about it very carefully and said it was one of the most important decisions of my footballing career.
‘You can go through difficult times, like this, but that is no reason to run away and I’m not going to. I’m here until at least 2021.’
Unai was influential in Arsenal’s decision to withdraw a contract proposal to Aaron Ramsey worth around £200,000 per week and he remains keen to cut the club’s wage bill.
The coach effectively utilised a budget of just £45 million last summer to bring in the likes of Dani Ceballos, David Luiz and Nicolas Pepe.