Gomez to leave Besiktas after Turkey coup attempt

Germany striker Mario Gomez has announced he is leaving Besiktas as a result of the “political situation” in Turkey.

The country faced an attempted military coup last week, resulting in the death of 161 civilians and police.

Gomez helped the Istanbul outfit win the Turkish League title after arriving on loan from Serie A side Fiorentina, scoring 28 goals in 41 appearances.

The 31-year-old had an option to make his season-long loan deal permanent, but confirmed on Wednesday he would be leaving Besiktas as a result of the political unrest in the country.

“It was a difficult decision that I had to think about a lot,” he said. “I have to tell you Besiktas fans personally that it is very heavy for me that I will not be playing for this great club in front of you wonderful fans in this unique stadium anymore.

“It is purely down to the terrible events that happened in the last few days. I hope you can understand that.

“A huge thanks to the club, to you fans and to all the people with whom my family and I had a lot of wonderful times.

“It was a fantastic year with the Championship providing the absolute highlight. I hope that these political problems can be solved in a peaceful manner soon.”