Low still upset with Ozil: “I have nothing to do with him”

Joachim Low made it clear he no longer makes contact with Mesut Ozil following the playmaker’s decision to quit representing Germany at international level.

Upon receiving the brunt of the blame for Germany’s group stage exit at last year’s World Cup, Ozil ended his international career on social media without even consulting Low.

The Arsenal star felt there was a clear lack of support from the German Football Federation (DFB) over the “racism and disrespect” he suffered from supporters over his Turkish heritage.

Low had made several attempts at talking to Ozil over his sudden decision, but was ignored at each try.

The Germany coach later expressed his great disappointment over Ozil and lamented the fact he never spoke to him about his issues with the DFB.

“I expected him to call me, that he would call me personally and tell me,” said Low in September.

“So that’s why I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed with him on human terms. We’ve been together for many years.”

And eight months later, Ozil’s decision to not alert Low over his planned retirement has evidently still left a sour taste in his mouth.

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“I have nothing to do with Mesut Ozil,” Low told Sport Bild.

“It went without saying that [he should have] called me personally. His agent called me and said that the Mesut [would] call me one day later to explain everything to me, but that did not happen.

“Sometimes, as a coach, you have to somehow accept personal disappointments.”

The 59-year-old was speaking ahead of Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea in Baku.

Three of his Germany players in Arsenal duo Bernd Leno and Shkodran Mustafi along with Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger will be competing.

“We have players on both sides who were with us,” said Low.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE – JULY 01:In this handout image provided by UEFA Joachim Low and Mesut Ozil during German press conference on July 1, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

 

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