Germany rest Ozil but Mustafi makes Confederations Cup squad


Mesut Ozil will not play for Germany at this summer’s Confederations Cup in Russia.

The reigning world champions have opted to take an experimental squad to FIFA’s friendly tournament with Joachim Loew eager that his star names get a full rest before the build-up to next season’s World Cup.

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi will travel as part of the 23-man squad as Germany take on Australia, Cameroon and Alexis’ Chile in the group stage. The tournament runs from 17 June to 2 July and also features Russia, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand.

Ozil’s absence gives Arsenal the chance to re-engage the midfielder in negotiations over a new deal at the Emirates. The 28-year-old will be out of contract in June 2018 and is understood to be demanding a significant pay rise. It also means he could be called upon for the pre-season tour of Sydney and the match with Bayern Munich in Beijing.

Whether Alexis Sanchez gets the summer off remains to be seen. The chances are the striker will feature for Chile, who qualified for the tournament by winning last summer’s Copa America.

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