Bali United has been placed on soccer fanboy mode after World Cup winner Mesut Özil declared his curiosity in enjoying for the Island of Gods’ premier soccer crew sooner or later.
Özil is in Jakarta this week as a part of a promotional tour for a sportswear model. In an interview, the silky playmaker, who performed for Actual Madrid and Arsenal, mentioned enjoying in Indonesia in the future is inside the realm of chance.
“I’m nonetheless underneath contract with Fenerbahçe. I’m blissful in Turkey as a result of my household additionally lives there. But when I had been requested if I might be a part of an Indonesian membership, Bali United pursuits me,” he mentioned.
Not eager to let the chance slide, Bali United CEO Yabes Tanuri met with Özil in Jakarta following the assertion and gifted the 33-year-old a memento from the membership. A photograph of their assembly was posted on Bali United’s Instagram web page this afternoon.
Bali United supervisor Stefano “Teco” Cugurra expressed his want to have Özil in his roster, however pressured that the midfielder’s contract with Istanbul’s Fenerbahçe runs till 2024.
If Özil had been to ply his commerce in Indonesia, Bali United definitely wouldn’t be a nasty alternative. Regardless of being established in 2015, Bali United is the reigning champion of Liga 1 having gained in 2019 and defended the title within the 2021/22 season of Indonesia’s premier soccer competitors. Liga 1 was suspended in 2020 as a result of pandemic.
And he wouldn’t be the primary soccer mega star to play in Indonesia. Ghana’s Michael Essien, who additionally performed for Actual Madrid in a glittering profession, joined Persib Bandung in 2017, although his Indonesian journey was in the end nothing to jot down dwelling about.