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Arsenal target Podolski rules out Cologne winter exit

FC Cologne striker Lukas Podolski has ruled out a move away from the club this winter.

The Polish-born Germany international has been heavily linked with Arsenal in recent weeks but has said that he will not think about his future at the RheinEnergieStadion until the summer.

"I have always said that I have not been dictated by the pressures of time when deciding my future," he said.

"I do not believe in lightning strikes, I must be clear. I believe that I will see everything in the summer.

"With Cologne, I hope to get as high as possible. I want to exceed the number of goals I scored last season.

"With the national team, I want to play in the European Championship in Poland, my homeland.

"We are among the favourites and our dream is to win the trophy. We cannot hide."

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