Friday, June 22, 2018

Mancini: Podolski wants to return to Arsenal

Internazionale Milano manager Roberto Mancini has Lukas Podolski wants to return to Arsenal when his loan expires at the end of the season.

Internazionale Milano manager Roberto Mancini has Lukas Podolski wants to return to Arsenal when his loan expires at the end of the season.

The Germany international, 29, joined the Nerazzurri on loan from Arsenal during the January transfer window, but has struggled to adapt to life in the Italian Serie A.

“In Italy, we have a habit of not being able to wait,” Mancini said.

“Not everything can be done quickly, especially when moving from one country to another, from one club to another.

“The same applies to Podolski who I consider a great player and a great professional.

“That situation is a little different though, because he is on loan and wants to return to Arsenal.”

Podolski has failed to find the back of the net, and tallied just one assist, in 12 Serie A appearances for Internazionale this season.

Rodgers hints at Depay interest

Liverpool F.C. boss Brendan Rodgers has refused to rule out a summer move for highly-rated PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, who is also said to be attracting interest from Manchester United.

Depay, a Holland international, has impressed many while bagging league-leading 21 goals in 28 Eredivisie appearances for the Dutch champions in 2014/15.

“I wouldn’t like to confirm either way [about Depay],” Rodgers said. “The kid is a very talented player.

“There’s going to be a whole raft of players that I’m sure will be looked at and then it will be up to the club if they’re affordable and available.

“It’s clear we need the goal threat for next year. We’ve identified that a striker is a priority but we’ll have to see availability first and then take it from there.

“I’ve got a great squad of players. But the natural process for some players would be that they want to move on anyway, and we’ve had some for a couple of years who maybe haven’t played as much.”

Although Rodgers has previously  admitted Liverpool will struggle to attract the Europe’s top players without UEFA Champions League football, he is hopeful players will still want to come to Anfield even if the Reds fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Rodgers added: “It would be for the players to decide whether we’re an attractive club.

“If it’s right for the player and the project is right for them to come and learn and develop then, if we’re not in the Champions League, players will still want to come.

“Hopefully we can regroup again, get some quality starters in for the summer, and go on another great adventure next season – and hopefully get back in there.”


Shawn Etemadi



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