Germany national team coach Oliver Bierhoff has urged Arsenal outcast Lukas Podolski to find a new club where he can play with less pressure, and for a manager that trusts him.
The 29-year-old swapped the Emirates Stadium for the San Siro after joining Inter Milan on loan in January, but his fortunes have hardly improved in Italy after struggling to regain his form.
Roberto Mancini has provided Podolski with more opportunities in his starting line-up, but he doesn't appear particularly well-suited to the style of football in Serie 'A'.
A return to north London this summer looks imminent, but Bierhoff says his compatriot should quit the Gunners permanently after losing the faith of Arsene Wenger who failed to pick him from the start in any Premier League game in the first half of the season.
"Lukas is a player who needs space, who lives from his movement," he was quoted by Goal.com telling reporters. "As an offensive force, it is really important for him to have some confidence.
"So moving to Inter in Serie 'A' has been a huge and a difficult step at the same time. He came to a team that struggles as well and that has not found itself."
Podolski has made ten league appearances for Inter so far, but is still waiting for his first goal for the Nerazzurri. However, Bierhoff is confident that the out-of-sorts forward can get back to his best providing he picks his next move carefully.
"I am really convinced that Lukas can find back his strength if he regains his confidence, if he feels the confidence of the coach and the team and if he finds the joy," he added. "Whether Inter will be the place for that is hard to say.
"When Lukas chooses his next club, it is very important that he has a great feeling. The role of the club in its league or its reputation is not that important, but that he finds back the joy."
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