Lukas Podolski’s roller coaster ride in London has officially come to an end.
The German international has completed a permanent switch to Turkish side Galatasaray, the club announced today. They had previously announced he was on his way to Istanbul for talks and a medical, and he was photographed with fans on his arrival.
The whole process was incredibly public, with the club giving updates on the transfer’s progress and media allowed access throughout the medical.
The club announced Podolski’s contract is for three years. According to the BBC, the 30-year-old’s transfer is worth about $17 million.
Despite being a fan-favorite throughout his three-year tenure at Arsenal, and he scored 31 goals in 82 appearances. However, he slowly fell off the first-team list and was loaned to Inter in January, where he scored just one goal in 18 appearances.
Podolski’s agent Nassim Touihri said that Arsene Wenger wanted to keep Podolski at the Emirates for the final year of his contract, but because the Gunners manager couldn’t guarantee a first-team spot, he decided to move.
“I am very happy to have joined Galatasaray,” Podolski said in the official release. “I have come to a winning team, one that competes in the Champions League. We will fight to advance as far as we can. Galatasaray fans have given me support over the years, and their warm reception influenced me a lot in this decision.”