The Besiktas midfielder—who represented the Gunners as a youth player—has been heavily tipped for a return back to North London as Arsene Wenger seeks to bolster his midfield options.
However, as reported by James Cambridge of the Daily Express, the Dutch-born star has revealed that he has no interest in going back to the Emirates Stadium…at least not for now.
“There are a lot of rumours but I am not interested,” Ozyakup began. “My only goal is to win the league with Besiktas this season.”
The 23-year-old was initially unable to make the breakthrough for Arsenal during his spell at the club between 2008 and 2012.
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However, the fortunes of Nemanja Matic at Chelsea—who was sold be the club only to be re-signed some years later to become a key man at Stamford Bridge—demonstrate that a discarded youngster can make a triumphant return to a club.
While Arsenal sold Ozyakup for just £500,000, they would likely have to spend over ten times that to bring the player back to North London, with the Turkey international making 10 outings, scoring three goals and contributing five assists so far this season.
Inter Milan are also interested in the player.