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12 September 2008

Podolski Closer To Exit Door

Lukas Podolski appears to have pulled a “Robinho” after declaring publicly last week that he is unhappy at Bayern Munich due to his lack of playing time on the pitch and he could now find himself spending even more time off it.
The 23 year old signed for the Bavarian giants back in 2006 and he has so far failed to nail down a regular first team place, despite being a near automatic first choice for his country.
His outburst is unlikely to change the situation at club level as head coach Jürgen Klinsmann continues to leave him on the bench in preference of Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni upfront.
And Klinsmann’s words during a press conference regarding the issue did not sound particularly too supportive of the player.
“Podolski has to compete with two giant strikers and he has yet to demonstrate that he is better than them,” he was quoted by Marca.
“To become a great player, like those two strikers, is a long process that requires time. And in Podolski case, we are talking about months, even years.
“It is an unpleasant situation for Lukas because he will never be happy being a substitute,” Klinsmann explained.
Real Madrid have been lined up as favourites to land the Polish-born star but with Manchester City also supposedly interested in the youngster, Los Merengues could lose out if they maintain their present stance not to sign any new players during the winter transfer period.
KS Leong