After spending the last few seasons in Italy, Mario Gomez has managed to secure a return to German football after signing for Wolfsburg.
The German international has spent the entirety of his career in German football apart from the three years at Fiorentina. This was seen as a move that would reinvigorate his career after he had lost his place in the Bayern Munich team. It was not long ago that Gomez was the most expensive player in German football after his £ 35 million transfer from Stuttgart in 2009. He went on to make more than 170 appearances for Bayern in all competitions.
This period was also highly successful for the player in terms of trophies since he managed to win several league titles and the Champions League medal. Gomez had earlier won only one major honour in his career before his move to Bayern. Since the transfer to Italy, his career has been on a downward spiral. There was even a loan move to Turkish football that came about last season. His interest in scoring record with Besiktas last season is thought to have been one of the main factors in convincing Wolfsburg to pay this transfer fee.
Last season, the striker scored 28 goals in 41 appearances for the Turkish club and this was reminiscent of his previous goalscoring exploits. “We looked at the possibility of signing Mario Gomez during the winter, so we are all the happier that it has now worked out. Mario is a striker of international class, who, aside from his playing qualities, also brings an immense amount of experience to our team. As an ambitious player, he fits in here perfectly,” said Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs. The club need a forward like Gomez in order to capitalise on the decline of Borussia Dortmund in German football.