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By ESPN Staff

Meira moves from Stuttgart to Galatasaray

Portugal defender Fernando Meira has ended his six-and-a-half-year spell with Stuttgart by joining Galatasaray.

The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the Lions and becomes their second major signing of the summer following the arrival of Australia winger Harry Kewell from Liverpool.

Meira captained Stuttgart to the Bundesliga title in 2007, but was constantly linked with a move away.

He was given permission to speak with other clubs earlier this week and was released from a training camp in Austria to open negotiations with Turkish giants Gala.

'We thank Fernando Meira for six and a half years in a VfB shirt and wish him all the best for his future in Turkey,' Stuttgart general manager Horst Heldt told official club website www.vfb.de.

'Fernando will always go down in the club's history books as the captain of the 2007 Bundesliga-winning side.'

Stuttgart have already signed Khalid Boulahrouz from Chelsea to compensate for the loss of Meira.

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