Friday January 23 2015
Podolski: ‘I don’t support Juve!’

Inter’s Lukas Podolski denies having supported Juventus, and criticises his substitute role at Arsenal.

The German international joined the Nerazzurri on loan from the Gunners in this transfer window, but faced questions over past comments that he was a Juventus supporter.

However, in an interview with La Stampa, the World Cup winner distanced himself from those words.

“I always admired [Edgar] Davids, [Zinedine] Zidane and [Alessandro] Del Piero,” Podolksi explained.

“But I always supported Cologne first and foremost, and then Barcelona.”

The former Bayern Munich striker found playing time hard to come by at Arsenal, and has criticised the club for his lack of starts.

“It’s not a problem for me, being on the bench, but at Arsenal it happened too often.

“I scored two goals in the Champions League, then I was left out. I didn’t like it. Fortunately the call came from Mancini.

“Inter remain one of the biggest clubs in the world, after all, if you haven’t won something for five years you’re hardly talking about prehistoric times.

“Will I stay beyond my loan? It’s not something that concerns me, I just want to play. I don’t like making proclamations, for now I’m very happy.

“I’ve found Serie A very special, if I summed it up in two words it would be tactical and defensive.

“The Premier League remains my favourite League because dynamism and teams fight until the end.”

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