OFFICIAL: Wolfsburg sign Germany international Gomez

The prolific striker returns to the Bundesliga after a brilliant season with Besiktas, and his new coach Dieter Hecking believes Die Wolfe have captured Germany's best forward

Wolfsburg have completed the signing of Germany international Mario Gomez from Fiorentina.

The striker, who will cost a reported €7 million, made the move to Italy in 2013 but spent last season on loan at Besiktas.

Gomez smashed 26 goals in 33 Super Lig games to pick up Turkey's Golden Boot award and also help the Istanbul club claim the league title in 2015-16.

"We looked at the possibility of signing Mario Gomez during the winter, so we are all the happier that it has now worked out," Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs told the club's official website. 

"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."

Coach Dieter Hecking also had warm words for his new recruit:  "Mario is the best German striker in my opinion. His success and goal-tally speaks for itself. In addition, he possesses leadership qualities and has a clear vision, which is congruent with our own.

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"He suits our team and this club perfectly."

Gomez, who has previously played for Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, will join up with his new team mates on Thursday and is excited about the prospect of starring for the Bundesliga club.

"I am really looking forward to this new challenge," he said. 

"The talks held with Klaus Allofs and Dieter Hecking were very good. I am delighted to be returning to the Bundesliga.

"I want to return to the international stage along with VfL and I firmly believe we will achieve that."