Mateo Kovacic helping Lukas Podolski to settle at Inter Milan

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Mateo Kovacic is tipping Lukas Podolski to make a positive impact at Inter Milan after completing a loan switch from Premier League side Arsenal.

Lukas Podolski is an affable character and was full of smiles as he was swamped by jubilant Inter Milan fans following confirmation of his loan move from Arsenal.

The Germany international finds himself in Serie A after growing increasingly disillusioned with life in the Premier League.

The Gunners, for whatever reason, have been reluctant to offer the World Cup winner the opportunities he craves and ended up forcing him towards the exits.

Inter are only too happy to welcome him to Italy and are confident that a six-month agreement will prove beneficial to all concerned.

Mateo Kovacic certainly sees things that way, with the Croatian midfielder helping his new teammate to settle and revealing that Podolski is already feeling comfortable in his new surroundings – with one of his first conversations about the best places to live.

Kovacic said: “I am happy that Podolski has arrived. I’ve been speaking to him in German to help him settle in.

“You can see straight away he’s a big character and wants to do well with us. He can help Inter, because he has won it all and is still only 29 years old.

“What advice did I give him? We talked about Inter and where it is best to go and live.”

Podolski will be hoping to shake off his shackles at the San Siro, with a frustrating spell with the Gunners preventing him from ever really hitting his stride.

He flitted in and out of the side under Arsene Wenger, with competition for places working against him even when Arsenal were struggling for attacking options.

The 29-year-old remains tied to a long-term contract in north London, but a successful stint in Serie A could see a permanent exit secured over the summer.

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