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Lukas Podolski confirms Vissel Kobe move

Lukas Podolski has announced that he will leave Galatasaray to join Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe at the end of this season.

The former Germany forward will swap the Turkish Super Lig for the J.League after a deal around €2.8m, was agreed between the teams.

“I can confirm that at the end of this season I will join Vissel Kobe from the J.League in Japan,” Podolski wrote on his official Instagram account.

“It is not a decision against Galatasaray, it is 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!”

The 31-year-old striker previously represented the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Inter during his career. He called time on his international career in August 2016 after 48 goals in 129 appearances.