"My goal was always to play for a big club. I hope no-one will be angry with me in Wolfsburg because of that."
"If I go, I will miss a lot of things. It wouldn't be easy, and if it happens, it will only be because it's better for my football future." said the powerful striker.
That put the club into this season's Champions League and after falling at the group stage, they went on to reach the Europa League quarter-finals, where they lost to eventual finalists Fulham.