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Ozil quit the Germany national team, saying he has faced "racism and disrespect" over his Turkish roots.

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Pressed on whether Ozil will be missed by Germany heading forward, 1990 World Cup victor Matthaus added: "No, we have a lot of good players, and when some player can not perform like before, we have options to give the new generation the chance to help us to make the results like, for example, 2014".

Ozil, a 2014 World Cup victor was born in Gelsenkirchen but has strong Turkish roots.

Ozil claimed German FA (DFB) chiefs wanted him "out of the team" before the start of the World Cup, due to the emergence of a photograph featuring him with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Although Ozil may have found failings with his global team, the player's club side Arsenal were quick to welcome the player back as he reported for training on Tuesday for the first time since the story unfolded.

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"I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose", Ozil said.

And though Matthaus, a World Cup victor with Germany in 1990, said the media coverage around the photograph played its part in Ozil's decision, he believes Germany would be better served going forward without the Arsenal playmaker's services. "I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don't". "I can clearly relate to what Mesut feels".

Recalling the times when he played in Europe, Ozalan said he had also been exposed to racist attacks.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ozalan from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, said: "I congratulate Mesut Ozil".

But he defended his actions by writing on Twitter: "For me, having a picture with President Erdogan wasn't about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family's country".

"I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish", said Ozil. The 29-year-old's exit from Die Mannschaft was met with a muted response from fellow players.


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