Podolski tells Bayern he wants to leave

BERLIN - Germany striker Lukas Podolski has told Bayern Munich he wants to leave the club during the January transfer window but coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Monday he had no intention of letting him go. "I've decided I'd like to leave Bayern in the winter," Podolski told Bild newspaper. "I've told the club management I want to go." Despite a poor scoring record at club level, Bayern have repeatedly said they would like Podolski to stay and fight for his place. "We want to go into the second half of the season with a minimum of four strikers, and one of those four is Podolski," Klinsmann told reporters ahead of the Champions League game at home to Steaua Bucharest. The 23-year-old Podolski has not been able to hold down a place in the team since joining from Cologne for 10 million euros ($12.59 million) after winning the award for best young player at the 2006 World Cup. He scored four league goals in his first season, five the following season and has managed three so far this term. His form for Germany has remained excellent, however, and his record now stands at 31 goals in 60 matches. His chances of playing more regularly will not be helped by the arrival of U.S. international striker Landon Donovan, who will join the club on a short-term loan deal from January.


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