He has been welcomed like a hero at Vissel Kobe, the club where he hopes to spend the next two and a half years, and he seems happy for his choice.
Football in Japan is highly looked upon, even more than in the rest of Asia. Many Japanese players made it in Europe, which shows the quality. I don’t think other Asian leagues have sent so many players to Europe
Lukas Podolski told goal.com, soon after his arrival at Kobe.
The players are experienced. I often played against them. They are sophisticated, keep the ball moving well
the former German international said. Before signing at J-League side Vissel, he had received offers from Chinese clubs as well, but he didn’t think much before turning them down.
As for his ambitions in Japan, the former Köln, Bayern, Arsenal and Galatasaray striker explained exactly why he signed a contract for two and a half years.
I am not moving there for a holiday, I want to prove myself on the pitch and I hope I will succeed in this half year to accelerate in the next season. I did not sign a contract for two-and-a-half years to leave after a few months. I want to integrate into the club and reach the visions we have. If we reach the top three in the first year, that would be a great success. We’ll see what’s possible in the coming years