PODOLSKI FACES BAYERN

Lukas Podolski joined Bayern Munich in 2006 but left the German titans on 2009 after the arrival of Luca Toni to the club saw Podolski being dropped down the pecking order and he ultimately decided on leaving the club.

The Arsenal player has now admitted that it was a mistake for him to leave Bayern Munich and it would have been a better move for him to stay with the German team instead of leaving.

“I believe that if Jupp Heynckes had arrived one or two weeks earlier in 2009, I would probably still be at Bayern now. He was desperate to keep me. From a purely sporting perspective, returning to Cologne was certainly not very helpful.” Podolski told Germany’s Sport Bild magazine.

Podolski has been struggling to get a spot in the starting lineup of Arsene Wenger as the German forward is sustaining a series of injuries that sparked a number of rumors of him leaving Arsenal and joining his homeland club, Cologne but those rumors were quickly shut down by Podolski.

‘’That was a myth. There was absolutely no truth in it. The coach told me as such, and I knew there was no truth in it.” Podolski revealed.

The consistent number of injuries that Podolski has been suffering from in this season has forced Wenger on keeping an eye out on the transfer market and the rumors continue emerging concerning his future with Arsenal and one of the latest ones is Mario Balotelli being linked with the Premier League club. Arsenal is reportedly ready to sell Podolski in order to lure in Balotelli from Ac.Milan.

During Podolski’s debut season with Arsenal, the German forward managed on scoring 16 goals and provided 11 assists for the English club but in the current campaign, he has been limited to only a few appearances.

VILLA STAR COMES OUT

Former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out with an astonishing revelation that he is gay. He recently finished his playing career after representing popular clubs like Aston Villa and West Ham. He has also made numerous appearances for the German national team as well. Hitzlsperger has revealed that he has so far not disclosed his sexual orientation because of the fear of being punished by FIFA. He has received support from several players across the world. He is one of the very few to have come out openly about his homosexuality.

Lukas Podolski, who is his former international colleague, is one of the several to come out in support of Hitzlsperger. He has stated that it is a brave decision by the 31-year-old, who retired in September of last year after his spell with Everton. Injuries of persistent magnitude forced him to announce the decision. He is best known for his five years at Stuttgart where he made more than 125 appearances. Justin Fashanu and Robbie Rogers are some of the players who have come out in the open about their sexuality.

Podolski, who recently returned from a long injury layoff, says that it is a brave decision by his international colleague and one that should be respected.

“Brave and right decision. Respect, Thomas Hitzlsperger. His outing is a important sign in our time,” said Arsenal striker in his tweet.

“Thomas Hitzlsperger has shown a lot of courage today. Sad times when people have to wait till they retire from their chosen profession. Before they feel other people will judge them solely on who the human being is. Shame on all of us as a society,” said QPR midfielder Joey Barton in his tweet. Many other players have come out in support of Hitzlsperger after his revelation in a German daily.

ONE OF THE BEST

Lukas Podolski is regarded as one of the finest of his generation in German football, but he failed to make the grade at Bayern Munich. He was an extremely good football during his time at FC Cologne, but failed to recreate the magic at Bayern Munich. Former Borussia Dortmund star Marcel Raducanu thinks that the same fate could fall upon new signing Mario Gotze, who moved to the archrivals in a £ 38 million deal in the summer. At Dortmund, Gotze was one of the important players at the club.

This will not be the case at Bayern according to Raducanu, who thinks that the young player could have done well with regular first-team football that is almost guaranteed at Dortmund. Gotze has caused a lot of discontent amongst Dortmund fans especially after having come through the academy. Despite the loss of key players this summer, the team has not lost its edge and are currently fighting with Bayern Munich for the title. There are also doing well in the group stages of the Champions League as well.

He has said that Gotze is undoubtedly a great player, but he will find 24 other such players at Bayern Munich. As with Raducanu’s predictions, the young midfielder has been unable to make a lot of appearances and he has largely been on the sidelines.

“I fear that it will be very difficult for Mario at Bayern. It could be a bit like with Lukas Podolski, who also left Koln way too soon. There’s no doubt about Mario’s qualities, but the competition for places at Bayern is incredible. It would have been better for him had he stayed at Dortmund. He would have been the undisputed star here and had a lot of freedom. At Bayern, there are 24 more great players,” Raducanu told Bild.