Arsenal loanee Sead Kolasinac has revealed he often spoke with Mesut Ozil about the midfielder’s former club Schalke but played down speculation his close friend could be set to join him in Germany.
Ozil has not made a single appearance for Arsenal since March and the 32-year-old looks certain to have played his final match for the club after being axed from Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads, with his contract expiring in the summer.
The Gunners have been desperate to offload Ozil’s eye-watering £350,000-a-week wages and reports this week suggest the World Cup winner is in talks to join MLS outfit DC United, where he would be given the opportunity to expand his M10 brand.
A return to Schalke has also been mooted as a potential option and such a move would see Ozil follow in the footsteps of Kolasinac, who rejoined the Bundesliga strugglers on loan this week.
Asked about the possibility of a reunion with his pal at the VELTINS-Arena, Kolasinac replied: ‘Ozil and I talked about Schalke but not about whether he wants to come back too.
‘He comes from Gelsenkirchen so Schalke is always a topic.’
Kolasinac returns to Schalke with the team sitting rock-bottom of the German top flight and the left-back stressed that his sole focus was getting the club out of their current predicament.
On potential loan extension at the end of the campaign, he replied: ‘I want to concentrate on this season, the aim is to take as many points as possible.
‘We will see about everything else after the season.’
‘I have developed personally and athletically,’ Kolasinac added.
‘The Premier League is the best league in the world, there are players in the team who have achieved a lot in their careers.
‘I left as a teenager and came back as a family man.’