PODOLSKI QUITS GALATASARAY, MOVE TO JAPAN
Former Germany international Lukas Podolski has made a shocking move to the J League to feature for Vissel Kobe, according to reports.
The player shocked Turkey when he agreed to the move considering that he was going strong at Galatasaray since his move from Arsenal. The 31-year old player agreed to the move to help the struggling outfit in their local league.
Podolski was recently named one of the top players in Europe to have excelled in second division football before helping the team to the top flight. He was listed amongst Fernando Torres, Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne, David Trezeguet and Alessandro Del Piero and others in the report.
Podolski scored 31 times for the Gunners from 2012 to 2015 before his move. So far he had netted 18 goals in 37 starts for the Turkish Super League giants. He made the headlines when he scored five times in the 6-2 victory over Erzincanspor in the Turkish Cup recently.
He moved to the J-League for a reported £2 million in a bid to help Vissel break their bad spell. Vissel have not gone beyond 7th place in almost two decades, but all indications point that they are willing to change their story. The club once had Michael Laudrup in its line-up, otherwise they have been in the background for a long time.
Podolski could also have considered a fresh challenge, whilst planning for his retirement. He retired on the international scene alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger after a great run. Podolski was in the German setup that lifted the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He contributed 48 goals in his 129-match appearances for the national team.
Upon retirement, he might continue his music – being that one of his rap songs reached number one in Germany recently.