Kewell signs two-year contract with Galatasaray

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Former Liverpool star Harry Kewell on Saturday signed a two-year contract with Turkish champions Galatasaray, describing his move as a "new chapter" after five injury-stricken years at Anfield.

The Australian international said he chose Galatasaray after speaking to club officials about their plans for the team and having seen Turkey's improving performance in international football competitions.

"For me it was a decision not to think about anything except my football. I want to enjoy my football and I think this is the place where I can come and enjoy my football," the 29-year-old winger told a televised news conference.

Kewell, who has battled a series of injuries over the past few years, has been available on a free transfer since he was released by Liverpool at the end of his contract.

"You could say it is a new chapter," Kewell said when queried over his move from Anfield to Istanbul.

"I wanted to move on and I think this is the best way to move on," he added.

Kewell, who was welcomed by throngs of supporters on arrival in Istanbul, said he was excited to have joined a club with a passionate fan base.

"I know that that fans are passionate about sport and I love that," he said. "I can't wait to get more of it."

During his time with Leeds, Kewell played against Galatasaray in the UEFA Cup semi-final in 2000, when he was sent off.

The move to Galatasaray has ended any possibility of Kewell playing for Australia at the Beijing Olympics.

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