Wednesday January 13th 2021
"Answered very nicely"
Bierhoff would be happy to make peace with the DFB with Özil
Between the DFB and the 92-time national player Mesut Özil it ended with a huge bang. Now both sides send signals that they are moving towards each other again. DFB director Oliver Bierhoff would be happy about the next step.
DFB director Oliver Bierhoff would be ready for a joint meeting after the recent rapprochement between the association and Rio world champion Mesut Özil. "We were informed that our president has made contact with Mesut. If a meeting arises out of it and everyone sits down at one table, we would be happy," Bierhoff told the "Bild" newspaper: "I was already close with Mesut his birthday via Whatsapp and he replied very nicely. "
Özil himself announced in a question and answer session on Twitter on Monday evening that he had received "a nice personal letter from DFB President Fritz Keller". This had also taken up Özil's noisy withdrawal from the DFB team in the course of the historic World Cup disaster in 2018 with the inglorious Erdogan affair. According to SID information, Keller wrote the letter last October in the context of the international match against Turkey (3: 3) in the hope of rapprochement.
Keller, it is heard, by no means wanted to drive national coach Joachim Löw and director Oliver Bierhoff into the parade with his letter. Their attempts to mend their relationship with Özil had once failed. Rather, the president wanted the association to jump over its shadow in the matter of Özil. Keller himself had not been in office at the time of the incidents.
During the question and answer session, Özil raved about his "many fantastic memories" of his time in the German jersey, of his 2014 World Cup triumph and "a great era in German football". He would never say that he "regretted playing for Germany," said the 32-year-old. Özil is currently under contract with Arsenal FC in England, but the contract expires in the summer. The playmaker has been linked with a winter move to Fenerbahce Istanbul.
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