Podolski feels he rushed into a return home and that he should have stuck it out longer in Bavaria, and perhaps he would have broken into the first team under Jupp Heynckes.
"I believe that if Jupp Heynckes had arrived one or two weeks earlier in 2009, I would probably still be at Bayern now," he told BILD.
"He was desperate to keep me. From a purely sporting perspective, returning to Cologne was certainly not very helpful."
On talk of a January move to Schalke, he added: "That was a myth. There was absolutely no truth to it. The coach told me as such, and I knew there was no truth in it."
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