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Podolski planning to transfer teams

AFP · 24 Nov 2008, 16:11

Published: 24 Nov 2008 16:11 GMT+01:00

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"I've made my decision, I would like to leave the club this winter," the unsettled striker told daily Bild.

"I've already told the directors (at Bayern) that I want to go," the 23-year-old added.

Podolski's impact on the national team where he has earned 60 caps and scored 31 goals has not been mirrored at Bayern where he is under contract until 2010.

Coach Jürgen Klinsmann has made him a reserve behind first-choice attackers Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose.

In October he was publically criticised by Bayern manager Uli Hoeness for his performance in a game against Eintracht Frankfurt in October.

Podolski, who played a starring role in finalist Germany's Euro 2008 campaign, scoring three goals, may attract interest from English Premier League sides like Tottenham, who were linked with a move for the player after the Euro.

Manchester City and Real Madrid have also been linked to the German star

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who has said his dream move would be back to Cologne from where he broke into the German team.

But coach Klinsmann said Monday afternoon that Podolski’s decision didn’t change anything for the team. “We want to go into the final round with a minimum of four strikers, and one of these is Lukas Podolski,” Klinsmann told Der Spiegel, adding that the two have been in ongoing talks. But “unfortunately he continues to box his way through in the same ways. The constellation is simply the way it is,” Klinsmann said. “That’s all I can give him on his way.”

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