It will be the second time Podolski has left FC Cologne for a big club move. The last time was in 2006 when he left for Bayern Munich, only to flop.
"This time I'm more mature," smiled Podolski. "I know I can handle this."
He continued: "I hope they won't say that, with Podolski gone, everything will fall apart here. I hope they go forward with the new board and reach the goals they've set themselves in the next few years."