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Emmanuel Adebayor announces Istanbul Basaksehir exit

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Emmanuel Adebayor confirmed he’s left Istanbul Basaksehir by mutual consent following two and a half years at the club.

After six months on the sidelines following a brief spell at Crystal Palace, Adebayor completed a switch to Basaksehir in January 2017.

The former Real Madrid and Arsenal striker made an instant impact in Turkey to score six times in 11 Super Lig matches. Therefore, Basaksehir awarded him a new three-year to ensure he would remain beyond the summer of 2017.

Since then, Adebayor has continued his prolific form at the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium with 27 goals in 71 appearances to his name.

But fitness and injury issues last season restricted the 35-year-old to just 19 league outings. While he only scored three times, however, the Owls still finished in second place and just two points adrift of champions Galatasaray.

Now, the Togo international has bid Turkey a fond farewell and is eagerly awaiting the next challenge in his career.

“I would like to thank the fans, my teammates, the city of Istanbul, the club Istanbul Basaksehir and everyone involved in my success with the team,” Adebayor wrote on Instagram.

“I received a strong welcome from the country as a whole and I completely feel at home in Turkey. The club and I have come to a mutual agreement and have decided to part ways.

“All those memories and funny moments we had will always stay fresh in my mind. For now, I will continue to work hard and enjoy my vacation with friends and family.

“Thank You Istanbul, Thank you Basaksehir! As you all know me, I love challenges; so I am looking forward to the next adventure.”

Adebayor has also played for Manchester City, Tottenham, AS Monaco and Metz.

WIGAN, UNITED KINGDOM – DECEMBER 13: Emmanuel Adebayor of Arsenal.