Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has welcomed Mesut Ozil’s international retirement as long overdue, saying “he’s been playing dirt for years”.
Ozil – who was born in Germany but has Turkish heritage – has been the subject of criticism in Germany after posing for a photograph with Turkish president Recep Erdogan before the World Cup.
Germany went on to exit the tournament at the group stage – with Ozil being dropped for the second game – and now Hoeness has launched a scathing attack on the 29-year-old.
The former West Germany international said: “I’m glad it is over. He’s been playing dirt for years.
“He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he hides himself and his c*** performance behind this photo.
“His 35 million follower boys, who of course do not exist in the real world, think he has played excellently if he plays a cross to a man.”
Hoeness also revealed that Bayern target Ozil – who has only been on the winning side twice in 17 matches against the German giants – whenever they play Arsenal.
“Whenever we played against Arsenal, we played over him, because we know he’s the weak point”, he said.