Lukas Podolski’s agent, Nassim Touihri, has confirmed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wanted the Germany international to stay at the Emirates for next season, but could not guarantee his client regular game time, as per the Daily Express.
Podolski is as good as gone this summer with a move to Galatasaray on the verge of being completed – the Express reporting that Arsenal will receive £2.85 million for the 30-year-old’s services.
Whilst many believed it was a move that was always coming considering Podolski’s minimal game time over the last two seasons, Touihri has confirmed that Wenger actually wanted the forward to stay for next season.
However, a lack of guarantees over game time was the main issue and so Podolski, a World Cup winner in July 2014, opted to look elsewhere for his future.
Touihri said: We had good talks with Wenger. He wanted to keep Lukas at Arsenal but could not guarantee him a starting position. That’s why we agreed to make a transfer.”
Podolski was afforded the chance last season to get some regular minutes under his belt, after Wenger allowed him to join Italian side Inter Milan on loan for the second half of the campaign.
Podolski did not have the most productive of times at the San Siro, scoring just one goal in 17 Serie A appearances during his failed stint and he now seems set to join Galatasaray on a permanent contract.