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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil: 'My father will no longer represent me'

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has announced his father will no longer represent him.

It has been a whirlwind couple of months for Mesut Ozil, who is receiving more adulation at Arsenal than he ever could have dreamed of at Real Madrid.

The playmaker has been passed fit by Arsenal to be in contention to feature against Norwich on Saturday, but has delivered some important news of his own.

In a statement carried by German sports daily, Bild, he reveals he is no longer to carry professional sporting connections with his father Mustafa Ozil.

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He said: "In the last weeks things where put on the right track for my future. I signed long term deals with Arsenal London and also with my equipment supplier.

"Furthermore my living situation and my working situation changed radically. That is why my father, after he did all this, won’t be working for me.“

Ozil is not the only famous sportsman to ditch his father after huge success. Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton famously cut ties with his dad Anthony after becoming World 

Mustafa Ozil had worked exclusively with his son since 2011. He had recently become embroiled in a bitter war of words with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez after comments made after his son's move.

He should not worry about a family break-up, for his new agent will be none other than his brother.

Mutlu Ozil is a name Arsenal fans will hope they can go onto trust, and keep their star player focused on the Gunners.

A passing of the family torch if you will. Arsenal fans will hope the Ozil family have negotiated their last transfer move.

UPDATE: Welt, another newspaper by publisher Axel Springer Verlag, which also owns Bild, has just reported that Ozil's father stepped down because of health issues due to Ozil stressful transfer negotiations. He will continue as a CEO of the family's second company.

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