Fenerbahce president Ali Koc asks FANS to help pay Ozil's huge wages after Arsenal axe with free transfer finally sealed

FENERBAHCE president Ali Koc has urged fans to help pay for Mesut Ozil's wages by donating money to the club.

The 32-year-old's switch to the Turkish giants has finally been announced, with the playmaker penning a contract until 2024.


And while he has taken an 80 per cent pay cut to sign for the Super Lig side, his salary is still proving to be costly for Fenerbahce.

It has been claimed that the World Cup winner will earn in the region of £67,000-a-week – equalling £3.5million-a-year.

To help with the costs, Koc has asked supporters to help cover his wages as he admitted he needs financial support.

The 53-year-old stated: "We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support. 

"On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign. 

"Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good."

Text messages for those that will be taking part in the 'Mesutol campaign' will cost £2.

Ozil thanked the Arsenal fans for their years of support after departing the Gunners.

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He said: "I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years.

"The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for.

"Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.

"I’d like to thank Edu Gaspar for helping bring about a professional and dignified solution in the past few days.

"And I wish everyone at the club the best in their attempt to continue to bring Arsenal back to the top, where we belong.”

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