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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil's representatives have confirmed that there is regular interest in their client from clubs across Europe, while also admitting that the Gunners are keen to extend the midfielder's contract and tie him down on a new long-term deal. The German international is having his finest season with the club following his arrival in 2013 and that has caught the attention of interested parties.
"It is known and correct that Arsenal want to extend their contract with Mesut," the midfielder's representatives said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"It is also correct that there are enquiries for him constantly. Mesut is a World Cup winner, the most creative player in Europe, Germany's top player - of course other top teams are interested."
According to Spanish publication Marca, Barcelona are keen to sign Ozil at the end of this season and have already contacted his representatives over a move to the Camp Nou. The report also claims that the former Real Madrid midfielder has rejected Arsenal's offer of a new deal as he is not sure of the north London club's ability to win the Champions League.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who is the top assist maker in the English top-flight this season with 16, is contracted to the Gunners until the summer of 2018. He has indicated that he is happy in England. According to the Mirror, the Gunners are yet to formally open contract talks with him, but remain confident about a new long-term deal. Arsenal will be keen to avoid any talks regarding their players' future ahead of their crunch clash against Leicester City on Sunday (4 February).
"My contract runs until 2018, which is for another two and a half years. There is no need to hurry. There are no talks at the moment but I can only say that I am very happy in London and that my decision to come here from Real Madrid was the right one. There is not a single day, apart from when I was injured, that I have not felt great at Arsenal," Ozil said in December, as quoted by the Mirror.