Germany boss Joachim Low has revealed his disappointment over Mesut Ozil’s inability not personally inform him of his decision to quit international football but insisted the racism row surrounding the midfielder did not contribute to the country’s World Cup failure.
The Arsenal playmaker announced in July that he would not play for Germany again amid claims of racist treatment by the German football federation (DFB) and its president, Reinhard Grindel.
Low, whose Germany side were knocked out in the group stage at the World Cup in Russia, said Mesut Ozil’s representative had told him about the decision.
“There was never any form of racism in the Germany team,” he said. “His agent called me and informed about his retirement.
“Mesut did not call me, not to this very day. I tried to reach him several times in the past two weeks, via text message, via phone. Mesut has decided to take this path. I must accept it.
“Ozil has been my player for nine years. We’ve experienced a lot together. A few lows, but more highs. We’ve won the World Cup. This will still stay forever.
“I am still of the opinion that he was one of the best players we had in Germany in the last 20, 30 years. One day, we’ll have a conversation. I would have wished for him to inform me personally, and I was disappointed at first.”
Low added: “The issue cost us a lot of power, and nerves, because it was always there. But it was not decisive in our World Cup exit.”