International coach wants Arsenal star Podolski to find new club

Oliver Bierhoff wants Lukas Podolski to join a club where he is better suited than either Arsenal or Inter Milan.

German coach Olivier Bierhoff is hoping Lukas Podolski makes a wise career move, which is likely to involve leaving Arsenal. 

Bierhoff, quoted by Goal, says that national team talisman Podolski needs to find a club where he can play with less pressure, and has the trust of the manager.

He has the trust of Roberto Mancini to an extent at Inter, but he is not proving suited to Serie A, in an Inter side which are under-performing, and he is yet to score a single goal.

At Arsenal it was the opposite, Podolski had an impressive minutes per goal ratio, but manager Arsene Wenger was not convinced to play him and did not start him in any Premier League games over the first half of the season.

Germany have kept faith with him, but Bierhoff is encouraging Podolski to make a clever career move this summer, without specifying a particular destination.

He said: "Lukas is a player who needs space, who lives from his movement. As an offensive force, it is really important for him to have some confidence. So moving to Inter in Serie A has been a huge and a difficult step at the same time. He came to a team that struggles as well and that has not found itself.

"I am really convinced that Lukas can find back his strength if he regains his confidence, if he feels the confidence of the coach and the team and if he finds the joy. Whether Inter will be the place for that is hard to say.

"When Lukas chooses his next club, it is very important that he has a great feeling. The role of the club in its league or its reputation is not that important, but that he finds back the joy."

Podolski's season has been a real disappointment, and it would not be a surprise at all now to see him head back to Germany. If he wants to play for a team where he feels at home, then rejoining former side Cologne, currently 11th in the Bundesliga would be a perfect fit, and it is unlikely Arsene Wenger would stand in his way this summer.

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