IT’S no wonder he doesn’t want to leave.
Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is happy in London and has a built a life for himself in the capital, where he’s admitted he’s comfortable.
Mesut Ozil’s London life includes his favourite charity and his regular eatery
But while everything’s going swimmingly personally, professionally he’s been frozen out of the Gunners side – with the latest snub being excluded from his side’s Premier League and Europa League squads for the coming season.
Ozil, 32, even took to Instagram to reveal his frustration at the situation – releasing a statement vowing to fight on from the disappointment.
And it’s understandable the German World Cup-winner will want to stay put where he is.
After all, he lives in a beautiful home in North London worth £10million with stunning wife Amine Gulse, where he keeps a fleet of incredible cars.
A short drive away is his favourite Turkish restaurant, Likya.
While Ozil puts his spare time to good use by doing his bit at a North London charity.
In 2016, Ozil bought a stunning six-bedroom detached house in an affluent area of North London – a short drive to Arsenal’s London Colney training ground and the Emirates Stadium..
The decor is heavily influenced by Ozil’s Turkish background.
In fact, all of the marble in the living room was shipped in from Turkey, while the home was designed by an interior designer friend.
Ozil lives in a stunning £10million home in North LondonCredit: Instagram, @m10_official
Wife Amine Gulse lives with him in the incredible mansionCredit: Instagram @m10_official
Gulse is a Swedish/Turkish actressCredit: Instagram
Ozil’s favourite room is heavily influenced by his Turkish heritageCredit: Instagram, @m10_official
His brand logo can be found all over the home, including on the door of the home cinema and games roomCredit: Instagram @m10_official
The marble in Ozil’s home was imported from TurkeyCredit: YouTube / Mesut Ozil / Hypebeast
The living room is where Ozil entertains his friend before coronavirusCredit: Instagram / @m10_official
Ozil has plenty of space for his trainersCredit: Instagram, @m10_official
Ozil’s cinema room doubles up as his games roomCredit: Instagram / @m10_official
His favourite room is just like stepping into a bazaar in Istanbul and is tastefully decorated.
Overlooking the living room is a bronze-framed painting of Ottoman Sultan, the ruler of Istanbul.
The entrance into his home cinema and games room features door handles that have his brand logo on.
In there, he loves to have a quick game of Fortnite, as well as cuddle up to Swedish/Turkish actress Amine and watch a movie.
And they’re often joined by Ozil’s pug, Balboa who will no doubt enjoy the lavish property’s garden.
Earning a salary of £350,000 allows Ozil to afford the world’s nicest motors. And his garage is one to be envied.
The playmaker is a lover of German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and owns several of their cars.
His favourite ride is his G63 AMG that costs £143, 305, and is driven by fellow footballers Virgil Van Dijk and Raheem Sterling.
Ozil has a £183,000 S65 AMG – that’s powered by a twin-turbo charged 6.0-litre V12 engine with 621 brake horse power, and can reach 0-62 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
Mercedes-Benz is Ozil’s preferred car brandCredit: Instagram / @m10_official
The most recent addition to Ozil’s garage is his G63 AMG that costs £143, 305Credit: Reuters
Ozil also has a £183,000 S65 AMGCredit: Instagram / @m10_official
In the past, Ozil has been seen in a £200k Ferrari 458 ItaliaCredit: Xposure
Rounding up his Mercs, there’s also a SLS AMG (£165,030) two-door supercar, which has been part of his car collection since 2014.
And through the years, Ozil has been seen behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 Italia worth around £200k, a £120k Porsche Panamera Turbo, as well as several Audis, including a Q7 (with a starting price of £52,075) and a RS5 (around £62,740).
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
When Ozil is seeking some home comforts that are a nod to his Turkish heritage, he heads to Golders Green restaurant Likya.
He’s a regular there, often dining with Amine and pals, as well as the eaterie’s management.
Promising the ‘taste of Anatolia’, Likya offers delicious humus, falafel, doner, kebab, fish, salad and vegetarian dishes.
With kebabs priced between £8.95 to £12.50, it’s moderate on the wallet. And on TripAdvisor it scores four out of five from 546 reviews.
Ozil is a fan of Turkish restaurant Likya
Likya in Golders Green offers standard Turkish fare, including kebabs
Man City star Ilkay Gundogan was a guest of Ozil’s at Likya
On TripAdvisor Likya scores four of out five
Reviews are often glowing for Likya
A recent diner revealed: ‘We had a great time visiting this place. Amazing food, generous portions, good recommendations.
“We also had fresh lemonade and when we decided to complete our meal with Turkish chai and coffee, we were given dessert on the house as well.
“Our waitress was lovely and took good care of us. I wish I lived closer to visit them more often.”
Ozil likes to put his spare time to good use and he is generous with it.
And understanding the importance of spreading his wealth, he does his bit for charity.
The £42.5million signing from Real Madrid, who has even used the London Underground, is an ambassador of Rays of Sunshine, alongside the likes of Dele Alli, Olly Murs, and Simon Cowell.
He regularly visits sick and ill children aged 3-18, as per the charity’s mandate, in hospitals to offer them support.
Ozil has been known to get on the London UndergroundCredit: Instagram @m10_official
Over the years Ozil has donated his time and money to various charitiesCredit: Getty – Contributor
Rays of Sunshine have Ozil as a celebrity ambassadorCredit: Rays of Sunshine
Ozil often makes a special appearance to brighten up a sick and ill child’s dayCredit: Rays of Sunshine
Ozil joins Prince William for charity work with Football For PeaceCredit: AFP
His agent Dr Erkut Sogut also revealed last year that Ozil’s acts of kindness don’t end there.
Ozil has paid for 1,000 vital operations for children across the world, fed 100,000 homeless people at 16 refugee camps in Turkey and Syria, and spent £240,000 to fund operations for sick kids in Brazil while with the Gunners. More