LONDON. – Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness ripped into Mesut Ozil following the Arsenal star’s international retirement, and labelled the 29-year-old “s**t for years.”
Ozil sensationally quit the national team on Sunday citing a variety of reasons including the “racism and disrespect” he had suffered before, during and after the Soccer World Cup.
The midfielder – whose family are of Turkish origin – was criticised for posing for a photo with controversial Turkish president Erdogan in London just before the tournament in Russia, which Germany flopped in.
And former forward Hoeness — who won the World Cup with Germany in 1974 – says that he couldn’t be happier that the 92-times capped star has called it a day. “Ozil has been playing s**t for years,” he told SportBild . “He won his last tackle before the 2014 World Cup.
“All he is doing on the field is playing cross passes. Now he hides himself and his crap performance behind this photo.”
Hoeness even suggested that Bayern would target Ozil whenever they came up against Arsenal in the Champions League. “Whenever we played against Arsenal, we played on him because we knew he was the weak point,” he said.
The 66-year-old also criticised Ozil’s decision to reveal the news on Twitter, to whom he saw as a captive audience.
“No-one questioned he was playing crap at the World Cup,” he said.
“His 35 million follower boys, who of course do not exist in the real world, all think that he has played excellently if he plays a cross pass.” Ozil announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect. The Arsenal playmaker was part of the Germany squad that crashed out the World Cup in Russia at the group stage. Ozil was the target of criticism for his performances as well as a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in May. – The Daily Express.