Bremen cool claims of Ozil bid talk

Published Jul. 6, 2010 7:11 a.m. EDT

Werder Bremen have denied they have received any offers for World Cup star Mesut Ozil, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United.

Ozil has been in glittering form in the finals in South Africa for Germany, leading to speculation he will depart the Bundesliga team.

The midfielder has proved to be vital to Joachim Low's team as they progressed to the semi-finals to set up a date with Spain on Wednesday.

But Bremen say the player's showings over the past month have not transferred into concrete bids for his services.


The 21-year-old has just under a year left to run on his existing deal at the Weserstadion and the club say Ozil has not expressed a desire to leave.

General manager Klaus Allofs said: "Mesut Ozil had appeared to end up in the focus of clubs already before the World Cup was kicked off.

"Now he is playing a fantastic World Cup campaign, this is definitely increasing interest.

"But when it comes down to concrete bids, nothing has been done. We want him to stay on and actually there are no news.

"There are no indications he does not want to see out his contract at our club."

Meanwhile, Allofs confirmed his team are chasing the signature of Wesley Lopes Beltrame from Brazil side Santos FC.

Bremen are believed to be keen on the Brazilian midfielder and talks are already underway on a £4million offer from the Germans.

Allofs told Bild: "We have started to get interested in the player, we would like to sign Wesley.

"It is a fact we have tabled a bid to the club to take over their share in the player.

"Anyway, I have heard the club is not happy with that bid. Still we have limited resources in this case."