Created on 08-07-2013 at 00:00 AM
Mario Gomez is set to join AC Fiorentina after Bayern and the Italian Serie A club reached basic agreement on the terms of a transfer. FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge personally concluded the agreement with Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle on Monday. Contractual formalities will be finalised over the next few days before the parties append their signatures. “It was Mario Gomez’ desire to leave Bayern and join Fiorentina. We've now accommodated his wishes,” said Rummenigge.
Gomez joined Bayern from VfB Stuttgart in 2009, scoring 112 goals in 172 appearances for Germany's biggest club over the next four years. “He made a major contribution to two German championships and two DFB Cup triumphs. Naturally, the highlight was winning the Champions League victory and the treble last season,” commented Rummenigge. Gomez finished top scorer in the Bundesliga in 2011. “I would like to thank him for all his efforts on behalf of FC Bayern,” continued Rummenigge, “on behalf of FC Bayern, I'd like to wish him lots of luck and great success in Florence!”
Gomez: It's a huge step for me
‘Super Mario’ himself confessed to “mixed feelings,” as he told FCB.tv in a farewell interview: “Leaving the best club in the world was a tough personal decision.” The Germany international said he had enjoyed “four wonderful years” in Munich, with last season providing the crowning glory. “Bayern Munich made it possible for me to achieve the greatest wish of any footballer: winning the Champions League,” continued Gomez, “moving on now is a huge step for me.”
However, he had still decided it was the right time to go: “I love football, and just want to be playing more.” He has high hopes of achieving that at his new club, where the emphasis is on “fantastic attacking football,” he explained. “My best wishes to FC Bayern,” concluded the 27-year-old, “I’m absolutely convinced this team will remain just as successful as they already have been in the Champions League over the next three to four years.”