Ozil pledges future to Bremen

Ozil pledges future to Bremen

Published Jul. 11, 2010 9:11 a.m. ET

Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil has stated that he wishes to stay at Werder Bremen, despite being linked with a host of Europe's top clubs.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an outstanding World Cup with Germany, where he scored once and played an integral part in his side's run to finish in third place in the tournament.

With Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona all linked with a possible move for the playmaker, speculation has been rife that he will leave Bremen to pastures new after establishing himself as one of the finest young players in world football.

Barca are rumoured to have offered Ozil the opportunity to stay with the club until next year, as well as offering two players to the club if he would agree terms now.

However, the World Cup Golden Ball nominee has insisted he will stay put next season, claiming that he wants to honour his contract, which expires in 2011.

"Bremen want me to fulfil the contract and so do I," he told Bild.

"I have always said that I want to fulfil my contract, that is important to me."