Erdogan calls Ozil, praises exit from German team

Mesut Ozil

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan slammed the ‘racist attitude’ against Mesut Ozil

"Mesut Abi ('brother' in Turkish), your technique on the ball has opened the door to the national team for players like me", wrote Draxler on his Instagram account along with a picture of him and Ozil.

Several prominent officials in Turkey, including the head of the Turkish Football Federation Yildirim Demiroren, have thrown their support behind Ozil since he announced on Sunday that he would not play again for Germany.

Ozil, who won 92 caps for Germany, also revealed he and his family had received hate mail and threatening phone calls and been subjected to social media abuse.

Ozil ends his worldwide career with 92 caps, 23 goals and 40 assists, and was also a member of the squad that won the World Cup in 2014.

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The former Real Madrid man claimed the DFB and senior figures in German football had not done enough to protect him following Joachim Low's side's group-stage exit, suggesting he had been made a scapegoat due to his background, even stating: "If we win, I'm German".

"I never speak against Uli Hoeness, but OK, Uli Hoeness was very angry this morning because this was too much the last two months about Mesut Ozil", Matthaus said.

The Nigeria worldwide scored three times and assisted five in 26 Premier League games last season. "I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't". "I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my worldwide debut in 2009 has been forgotten".

Arsenal's German soccer player Mesut Ozil returns to his hotel after training in Singapore July 24, 2018.

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He pointed out that Erdogan also met the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May while in England and said he would have been "disrespecting his ancestors' roots" had he not posed for photographs with the Turkish president.

Ozil, 29, won the World Cup with Germany four years ago, but was also part of Joachim Low's squad which failed to progress from the group stages of the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation.

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"Neither the national coach nor I were informed in advance", Loew's agent Harun Arslan confirmed to German daily Bild.

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