Gomez: I wanted a new challenge instead of collecting Bayern titles

The forward, who chose to leave the Allianz Arena this summer for an estimated 16 million euros, reveals his reasoning behind joining the Viola.
Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez says that he lost interest in simply collecting titles with Bayern Munich and wanted to test himself in a new country.

The Germany international, 28, joined the Viola for an estimated 16 million euros this summer following a year in which he was plagued by an injury and then was mostly benched as the Bavarians romped to treble success under Jupp Heynckes.

Pep Guardiola's arrival did not change his situation, and the forward has said that his departure from the Allianz Arena was down to a desire to learn a new language in Italy and try out football in Serie A.

"I hope everything goes well [at Fiorentina]," Gomez told SID. "Maybe one year from now, we'll sit here and realize it was a bad decision. But I expect it to work out.

"[Fiorentina] is exactly the kind of challenge that I've been looking for.

"I thought to myself, 'I can stick with Bayern, maybe sit on the bench for three years and win three more titles, or I can develop as a person and a player.'

"Of course it was tough to leave Bayern. But I envisioned playing in Italy since I was a child.

"Some people might not understand this, because they define themselves with winning titles. But maybe, towards the end of a career, it's nice to master a new language instead of winning more titles."

Gomez could get his first taste of competitive football with Fiorentina on Aug. 22 - the first leg of the Europa League playoff round before the group stages of the competition - before his new side's Serie A campaign kicks off on Aug. 25 at home to Catania.