Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has been encouraged to consider leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer if he wants to play at next summer's European Championships in France after Joachim Low warned he needs to play 30 to 40 games to be considered for his national team squad.
In an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the head coach explained the 30-year-old cannot afford another campaign in the wilderness or else his spot in the world champions' 23-man set-up will be seriously under threat.
Podolski fell out of first-team favour with Arsene Wenger in north London and spent the second half of the 2014/15 campaign in Italy with Inter Milan, but his spell at the San Siro was hardly productive either.
The Gunners fans' favourite will return to the Premier League giants at the start of pre-season and has vowed to work hard in an attempt to win back his place in Wenger's line-up.
However, if he finds himself marginalised by the veteran French tactician then Low says he'll have no other option but to leave the club permanently, and urged him to seek clarification on his position within the Arsenal squad at the earliest opportunity.
“I told Lukas that he should talk to Arsene Wenger,” he explained. “He should not let things come to him, but instead approach him [Wenger] to find out his plans.
“Is the coach planning with him? And if so, in which role? He has to think about what he wants. I want him to play at least 30 to 40 games.
“He has to play. Two years without any proper match practice would not be a good foundation to participate in Euro 2016.”
The £100,000-a-week forward has attracted interest from a number of suitors with ESPN reporting earlier this week that Turkish outfit Galatasaray are ready to offer Podolski regular football at the Turk Telekom Arena.
But, it seems that the 2014 World Cup winner has his heart set on staying with Arsenal for the remaining 12 months of his existing contract.
Arsenal fans: Do you think there is a place for Lukas Podolski in Arsene Wenger's first-team? Or should he look to leave the Emirates and guarantee his place in the Germany team for Euro 2016? Have your say below...
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