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Solbakken wants Podolski to focus

Cologne coach Stale Solbakken wants Lukas Podolski to concentrate on the rest of the season amid rumours he has agreed a switch to Arsenal.

On Tuesday, German newspaper Bild reported Podolski has agreed personal terms with English Premier League club Arsenal.

Cologne-based publication Express later claimed a deal was yet to be confirmed, but that its completion was believed to be imminent.

And although he was careful not to reveal any details, Solbakken has appeared to suggest he would not attempt to block a move.

“Lukas’ decision is important for us all, but also for him. We must respect this,” he said according to SID.

“I know a little more than you,” Solbakken added.

“I know a lot, but for me it is important that he has everything under control and can concentrate on the upcoming games.”

“Podolski is a Cologne player at the moment and we know that he will be here until the end of the season. Then we will have to see what happens.”

Podolski has been in blistering form this season, scoring 15 goals and providing four assists in 19 Bundesliga appearances.

He is reportedly valued by Cologne at 20 million euros, but with his contract set to expire in 2013, that price tag may be negotiable.

Wed 29 Feb, 2012
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