Lukas Podolski insists he would never join Tottenham Hotspur, despite speculation linking him with such a transfer in January.
The German international joined Arsenal in the summer of 2012, but despite scoring 11 times in 33 league appearances during his debut season, he has never really been able to establish himself as a first team regular for the club. This term, for example, he has made just three substitute outings, despite injuries to Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.
This has led to speculation that Podolski could leave the Emirates Stadium when the window reopens, when there would likely be a number of interested parties. Indeed, the 29-year-old admitted he may weigh up his options during the winter, telling RTL: “If I don’t have this competition every weekend then a change must occur. We’ll have to see.”
In what would be one of the most controversial deals of recent times, the former Cologne forward has been linked with a sensational move across North London to Tottenham. However, the popular Podolski has wasted no time in dismissing such speculation, posting on his official Twitter account: “Hell will freeze over before this transfer would happen. #Poldi #aha #AlwaysAGunner #NeverCheatYourClub #AFC #Redarmy”.
One potential destination for Podolski, should he leave the Gunners, could be Galatasaray. The Turkish giants are thought to be monitoring his situation ahead of the winter window, and would happily offer him the chance to kick-start his career in Istanbul. However, Arsene Wenger is unlikely to be receptive to letting him leave in mid-season.
If Tottenham offered him an increased salary and the guarantee of regular football, would Podolski soon forget his allegiance to Arsenal? Let us know what you think below!