Monday January 2 2012
Podolski delays until June

Lazio target Lukas Podolski has ruled out making a move during the January transfer window for fear of losing his Euro 2012 place with Germany.

The Polish-born, naturalised German has been heavily linked with a switch this winter to one of a number of clubs, with Arsenal and Lazio thought to be the front-runners in negotiations.

However, reiterating his agent’s claims that a move could jeopardise his chances of making Germany’s European Championship squad this summer, Podolski has confirmed he is not leaving Cologne until at least the summer.

“I have always said that I have not been dictated by the pressures of time when deciding my future. I do not believe in lightening strikes, I must be clear. I believe that I will see everything in the summer.

“With Cologne I hope to get as high as possible, I want to exceed the number of goals I scored last season. With the national team I want to play in the European Championships in Poland, my homeland.

“We are among the favourites and our dream is to win the trophy, we cannot hide.”

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