Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has dropped a massive hint suggesting that he could have changed his mind regarding his future, reports talkSPORT.
The German international spoke out about his long-term status earlier this year by confirming that he will return to London at the end of the current season, but he has now backtracked on those words by confirming that he could in fact stay in Italy.
Podolski has been on a short-term loan deal at Inter Milan since January after Arsenal agreed to ship him out for the remainder of the season in order to get game-time, but despite not being wanted at the Emirates Stadium, it was expected that he'd return.
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The World Cup winner stated his desire to return to the Premier League in order to fight for his place in Arsene Wenger's squad, but in a recent interview, he admitted that he may stay in Italy after finally feeling settled.
The 29-year-old netted his first goal for Inter the other week and despite the lack of goals, he has enjoyed his loan-spell in Italy and has been satisfied with his game-time at Inter under Roberto Mancini.
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Despite the lack of goals, Podolski has made 16 appearances for Inter, which is a lot more than what he was making in England, and despite his desire to return to Arsenal, he has now admitted that a permanent move to Italy is on the cards.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, the forward opened up about his loan-move and admitted that it took time for him to settle in a new country, but he now feels happy and could see himself staying in Serie A permanently if a deal can be done over the summer.
"I could stay here [in Milan], go back to London or play elsewhere," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"I cannot confirm anything now. I have a year of my contract with Arsenal left and I have talked to others, I'm open to everything.
"I always try to do more, I train hard and I always want to play but in the end the coach chooses the team. It is important to have goals, and ours is the Europa League.
"It's not easy when you arrive in a new league. I think I am settled now."
With one year left on his contract at Arsenal, Podolski could choose to stay at The Gunners with his countrymen Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, but with strong competition for attacking places, the forward would have to settle for a spot on the bench.
Podolski fell down the pecking order at Arsenal due to Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez arriving, and after the early stages of the season, it was clear to him that he had to leave in order to play regular football.
It's believed Arsene Wenger will want to sell Podolski permanently over the summer after he confirmed in an interview that the club need to cut down in terms of numbers.