Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has admitted his desire to move to Turkish side Galatasaray this summer after falling out-of-favour under Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.
The German international failed to nail down a regular place in the Gunners starting XI last season, and failed to start a single game in the first-half of the season. This prompted him to join Inter Milan on loan for the second half of the season, but that proved to be a failure after the forward managed just one goal in 18 appearances for the Serie A side.
Podolski has since returned to Arsenal, and has indicated that he wants to remain in England with the north London club suggesting that his style of football suits the Premier League.
However, with Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck ahead of him in the pecking order for a role in the front three, it is likely that he will be allowed to leave the club during the ongoing summer transfer window.
The striker, in whom the Turkish giants have shown interest in recent weeks, has now admitted that he would be delighted to play for them, and even praised fans for their affection towards him on social networking sites.
"I want to play in the Gala, I hope that the transfer is successful. The fans are incredible, show me every day on social attention," Podolski said, as quoted and translated by Tutto Mercato Web.
Galatasaray's sporting director Cuneyt Tanman admitted earlier in the month that the club are interested in signing the 2014 World Cup winner, and with the player now reciprocating the interest, it could be a matter of time before the move is completed.
"We are interested in Podolski," Tanman said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.