Uli Hoeness launches another attack on Mesut Ozil

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has launched a second scathing attack on Mesut Ozil.

Ozil retired from international duty from Germany following their early World Cup exit, citing "racism and disrespect" as key to his decision. In reply, Hoeness claimed Ozil "has been s*** for years" and would not be missed.

Hoeness had, a month later, returned to the topic to further question Ozil's ability and commitment by insisting the perception and brand Ozil has built is not a true representative of his footballing talents.

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"I've been watching the player for a long time and he's a well-marketed product whose image is a lot better than he is, which is the only big blame for me," Hoeness told Sky Sports News in Germany.

"Had [Germany coach Joachim] Low gone to Arsenal more often in London and looked at him properly, he probably would not have taken him for sporting reasons.

"It is a miracle that he is now captain at Arsenal."

Ozil released a three-part statement on social media explaining his decision to remove himself from international selection, but Hoeness appeared to suggest the Arsenal man is yet to address the move.

He continued: "Ozil should have been forced to make a statement. But leaving that without explanation was probably the biggest mistake ever," he said.