Soccer-Galatasaray sign Italy midfielder Zaniolo from Roma

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - International Friendly - Albania v Italy - Air Albania Stadium, Tirana, Albania - November 16, 2022 Italy's Nicolo Zaniolo gets a drink during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Florion Goga

(Reuters) -AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo has completed a move to Turkish side Galatasaray, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

Italian media reported Zaniolo has signed a 4-1/2-year deal, adding Galatasaray would pay Roma 16.5 million euros ($17.70 million) and a further 13 million euros in add-ons.

The 23-year-old, who joined Roma in 2018 from Inter Milan, made nearly 130 appearances for Italy's capital club and scored more than 20 goals in all competitions.

"You welcomed me as if I were at home," Zaniolo wrote in a farewell post on Instagram.

"You made me grow, you gave me a chance that I tried to take with all my heart, always honouring the history you represent, fighting for your colours, sweating for the jersey every time I wore it.

"Now that we've said goodbye, I want to tell you one thing... It was an honour."

Zaniolo, who has won 11 Italy caps, missed the second half of the 2019-20 season and whole of the 2020–21 campaign because of two serious knee injuries.

He returned in July, 2021 after Jose Mourinho was appointed Roma coach, scoring six goals to help them win the Europa Conference League.

Galatasaray lead the Turkish Super League standings on 54 points from 22 games. They have a nine-point advantage over second-placed Fenerbahce who have a match in hand.

($1 = 0.9322 euros)

(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk, editing by Ed Osmond)

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