Posted April 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
Germany forward Lukas Podolski is leaving Cologne to join Arsenal, the Bundesliga club said Monday, confirming the worst-kept secret in European football. Podolski will make the switch in the summer, one year before his contract was due to expire. Cologne said the two clubs have agreed not to release details of the deal. ''The transfer gives me the possibility to play at the international level in a top European club,'' Podolski said in a statement on Cologne's web site. ''It was not a decision against FC Cologne but for a great opportunity in my career.'' ''The decision for this move was not easy because FC Cologne, and the fans and this city are something special for me,'' he said. The move has been rumored for months. Podolski enjoys cult status in the city, having joined Cologne when he was 10. The Polish-born forward made his Bundesliga debut at 18. He left Cologne once before, spending three mostly unsuccessful seasons at Bayern Munich before returning in 2009. Podolski...
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