FC Koln legend Pierre Littbarski discusses return of Arsenal outcast Lukas Podolski

Could the German, currently on loan at Inter Milan, join Koln for a third time?

Lukas Podolski joined Serie A side Inter Milan on a loan deal until the end of the season in February, after becoming increasingly unhappy with the state of affairs at Arsenal.

The German World Cup winner spent much of this season on the bench at Arsenal and repeatedly mentioned to the press his desire to play regular football, whether it was at Arsenal or elsewhere.

Despite being an ever popular figure with the Arsenal faithful it appears he had simply got bored of waiting for his chance for the club, taking the opportunity to move on to pastures new when Inter came knocking.

However his move to Milan has not been a resounding success. He has played 17 times for the club since joining, scoring just the one goal, and it is unlikely he will be kept on by the Nerazzurri next season.

The last time he found himself in this sort of situation he was with Bayern Munich, and he decided he would return to his home club FC Koln.

One Koln legend now feels he might do the same. Pierre Littbarski played over 400 games for Koln in two spells in his illustrious career - which also saw him make 73 appearances for West Germany.

He told Express this weekend that he can see Podolski moving to Koln, like he did after losing his place at Bayern in 2009. Although he feels the club may not be so keen on the move:

"The [Koln] hierarchy and the coach must be convinced that they would make a breakthrough at the club; from a distance I would say that buying Podolski does not represent a priority for them.

"In these circumstances many things should be considered, because Podolski has an important position not only because of the national team, but also to his relationship with the city."

Koln should have some money in the summer. With Kevin Wimmer and Anthony Ujah both set to leave the club in the summer. Who knows? Podolski might just join Koln for a third time this summer.

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