Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has admitted that he will find it hard to leave the Bundesliga outfit after five years at the club.
The Bavarian-based outfit are understood to have agreed a deal in principle to sell veteran striker Gomez to Serie A outfit Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee, with a four-year-contract rumoured to have been agreed between the two clubs.
The German international has been used sparingly in recent seasons, with the form of Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizzaro playing a large part that contributed to his lack of game time.
He made 32 appearances last season, scoring 19 goals, but most of these appearances were from the substitute bench. And at 27-years-old, Gomez feels that he should be playing first-team football.
But Gomez has admitted that he will always be grateful to Bayern, as they were the team that offered him the chance to play in, and ultimately win the Champions League trophy.
"This is a fundamental step for my career. In this moment I have mixed emotions. It's a pity leaving behind many friends and a similar team," he told Bayern Munich's official TV channel.
"But I love football and I love playing. It's difficult leaving behind so many friends and a similar team. But I love football and I love playing.
"Bayern gave me the Champions League, which is the best thing a player could wish for."
Gomez made the move to Bayern Munich in 2009, joining for a reported 30million euros from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart.
He has been one of Munich's most consistent performers since his arrival, bringing five trophies to the Allianz arena during his time there - including two league titles, two league cups and the coveted Champions League trophy.
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