Zaniolo Quiets Buzz, Voices Commitment to Galatasaray

Despite joining Galatasaray in a late move in the past window, Nicolò Zaniolo was quickly linked with transferring again in short order, as Milan and other sides could be interested in activating his release clause down the line.

The attacker dismissed such chatter talking with Turkish outlet Hurriyet (via Calciomercato).

“I didn’t come here with the intention of waiting for an offer and leave at the end of the season. I want to win the title and play in Champions League with Galatasaray.”

Zaniolo hailed the fans and the atmosphere at the stadium.

“Roberto Mancini told me about it, but it’s different to experience it in person. It’s perfect. The supporters are extraordinary and fascinating.”

The forward obtained an exit clause in his contract. Suitors will be able to acquire him for €35M next summer, €28/30M in 2024, and €23/25M the following year. Roma will get a portion of it. Milan didn’t have enough funds and didn’t come to terms with the Giallorossi in January, but they remain keen.

Tottenham and Bournemouth also attempted to sign him during the winter. He had initially refused to go to the Cherries, and they had moved on once he changed his mind. The 23-year-old scored off the bench in his Super Lig debut.

Our Take on Zaniolo

As Italian players that go abroad usually do, it’s highly likely that he’ll come back at some point. The way his contract is structured heavily suggests that. Though, it probably won’t be next summer already. It wouldn’t hurt him to distance himself a little from all the noise and mess that led to his Roma exit and restore his stocks abroad.

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