Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies says he is hoping that Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil will return to the club before he hangs up his boots.
The attacking midfielder played for the Bundesliga club between 2006 and 2008, and Tonnies is quoted by the Sun as saying he would be delighted to see the German returning to the club one day:
“I could very easily imagine Mesut returning to us, and it is the same for him. If this became a possibility we would of course get busy with it. If there is a deal that suits everyone, then it would be a wonderful story.”
Ozil is now 29, and his next contract will likely be the last he will be offered in the prime of his career. The German international has yet to sign a new deal to extend his stay with the Gunners beyond the end of the season, with reports suggesting he is demanding north of £300,000 a week to remain at the Emirates.
A January departure could still happen with the Evening Standard reporting that both the midfielder and Alexis Sanchez have been given until the end of December to decide on their futures. Speculation in Spain is recent days has suggested that Barcelona may be lining up a January bid for the 29 year old with Mundo Deportivo saying an offer of €20m could be in the works.