Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is set to leave Galatasaray in the summer and join J-League club Vissel Kobe.
Having spent nearly two years in Turkey with Gala and the entirety of his professional career in Europe, Podolski will move abroad for the first time as a 31-year-old.
He made the announcement via his Facebook page.
“I can confirm that at the end of this season I will join Vissel Kobe from the J-League in Japan,” Podolski wrote.
“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!”
— Outside90 (@Outside90) February 28, 2017
The 129-times capped Germany international scored 17 goals for Gala and 19 for the Gunners.
The new J-League season begun last weekend, with Vissel Kobe scoring a first up win over promoted Shimizu S-Pulse.
Since Vissel’s formation in 1995, the club has spent just two seasons outside J1.
The Cows have never won the league but finished second in 2013.