The German left the Bundesliga side in 2008, but can see himself going back to the club before his career is over
Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is not ruling out a return to Schalke at some point in his career.
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Ozil joined Schalke’s academy in 2005, but left for Werder Bremen in 2008 before going on to join Real Madrid and then Arsenal.
Despite speculation linking him with a move away after a season in which he was the target of considerable criticism, the Germany international is expected to sign a new contract with Arsene Wenger’s side.
But on talk of a possible return to Gelsenkirchen, Ozil told the Funke Media Group: “Right now, I’m not thinking about it. But in football you cannot rule out anything.
“My family would be very happy about a return.
“Schalke is my absolute favourite club, I’m still a big fan. After all, I grew up with Schalke.
“In terms of potential, Schalke is the number three for me in Germany after Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
“They have wonderful fans and a great stadium. It is a pity that they are stuck in mediocrity. This fantastic club deserves more.”
Schalke finished 10th in the Bundesliga during the 2016-17 campaign.