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Ex-Arsenal star Podolski confirms J League transfer

Goal.com logo Goal.com 02-03-2017
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Lukas Podolski has announced that he is to leave Galatasaray at the end of the season and link up with J League side Vissel Kobe.

The World Cup-winning forward has a year left to run on his contract in Turkey.

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An approach for his services has been accepted, though, with reports suggesting that a €2.6 million deal will take him to Asia.

Podolski is looking forward to taking on a new challenge after enjoying many productive years in Europe.

I can confirm that at the end of this season I will join Vissel Kobe from the J-League in Japan. It's not a decision against Galatasaray, it's a decision I made for a new challenge, and I will explain more when the time is right. But right now my only focus is helping Galatasaray and our fantastic fans! #Cimbom #Gala #Poldi

A post shared by Lukas Podolski (@poldi_official) on Mar 2, 2017 at 1:17am PST

Podolski joined Gala from Arsenal in the summer of 2015, having previously spent time with Koln and Bayern Munich.

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He has been a regular source of goals wherever he has been, while his passion for the game has endeared him to fan bases in Germany, England and Turkey.

The intention now is to secure similar acclaim in Japan, with a man who boasts 129 caps for Germany all set to open a new chapter in his career at the age of 31.

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