There’s no iota of truth in wide media reports that Manchester United have shown interest in making a January move for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has revealed.
The Frenchman reiterated that his German star will respect the terms of his contract by staying at least until the end of the season.
Ozil will enter the final six months of his contract in January, meaning he will be allowed to negotiate with other clubs regarding a free transfer at the end of the campaign.
United have been linked as one of Ozil’s most likely destinations should he decide to not renew his deal, with his former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho recently refusing to rule out a move for the Germany star.
But Wenger was taken aback when it was put to him that United were reportedly interested.
Wenger said: “How close [to new deal]? I don’t know, but he will stay here. We have never been approached by Man United in any way, so I don’t see why that came up or who found it. It has been created. [He stays] until the end of the season, for sure.
“They will all stay. It’s very difficult for me to tell you because I will analyse every case separately, but overall my wish and desire is everybody stays.
“If you come in and tell me ‘I will offer you this for this player’, I will tell you yes or no.”
Chilean star Alexis Sanchez is another Arsenal player close to the end of his contract, with the former Barcelona man looking destined to leave before the start of next season as Manchester City remained interested suitors.