Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski: I’m open to staying at Inter

The Germany international has admitted that he would relish the chance to remain in Italy next season.

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski looks to have played his last game for the North London club, with the Germany international well-and-truly a fringe figure at the Emirates Stadium.

Following not being handed a single start in the first half of the Premier League campaign, the former Bayern Munich man has been sent out on loan to Italian club Inter.

Podolski’s deal does not have an option for the Nerazzurri to buy him in the summer and as such he is widely expected to return to Arsenal ahead of next season.

That said, with a number of players ahead of him in Arsene Wenger’s preferences, a permanent switch elsewhere ahead of the 2015-16 campaign seems likely.

Podolski has been speaking out about his future and has admitted that he is more than willing to pen a longer-term deal with Roberto Mancini’s side.

“I train hard every day,” Podolski told Sky.

“I always want to play, but that’s up to the coach. The important thing is to always have something to aim for.

“I can’t say now where I’ll be next year, I still have a year’s contract in London and I haven’t spoken with other clubs.

“I don’t know if I’ll stay here, but I’m open to any possibility. We’ll see what the future holds.

“I can stay here, go back to London or move elsewhere. I’ll make the right decision for myself and my family.”

Podolski has not shown his best form since moving to the Italian club, but recently netted his first goal for the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza outfit.

Arsenal have the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott ahead of him.

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