Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has been taking a trip down memory lane. The Germany international took to social networking site Twitter to post the following photo of him with his former Koln coach Marcel Koller.
Podolski started his footballing career with Koln and was part of the first team between 2003 and 2006. It was 53-year-old Koller who handed the German star his debut in the Bundesliga in November 2003.
The former Switzerland international midfielder, who is currently the national team coach of Austria, did not enjoy a good time at Koln and left after only seven months, but not before making an impression on Podolski and enhancing his confidence.
The forward’s promising performances at the modest German club saw him earn a move to one of Europe’s biggest teams, Bayern Munich, in 2006.
However, Podolski failed to fulfil his potential at the German champions and went back to Koln in 2009. It was at the Cologne-based outfit that Podolski regained his confidence and form, and was snapped up by Premier League giants Arsenal for a reported transfer fee of £11 million in the summer of 2012.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a move back to Koln this summer, with another German club, Wolfsburg, reportedly interested in his services. Italian champions Juventus are also believed to be monitoring the development.
Podolski has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League for Arsenal this season, and it looks increasingly like that he will leave the Emirates Stadium before the end of the summer transfer window.