German striker Lukas Podolski says he will not move to another Bundesliga club if he leaves FC Koln in the near future.
The 26-year-old has been impressive form this season, sparking interest from Schalke, according to reports.
However, Podolski has poured cold water over rumours of moving to any league rival.
"Moving to another club within the Bundesliga is something I can hardly imagine. If I decide to leave Koln, it will be to move abroad," Podolski said.
"It annoys me that some people think I can only perform at Koln and only when I live in this city. That gets on my nerves. They claim something that is simply not right. I can also feel well and perform at my best in other surroundings."
The news may dash Schalke's attempts to sign the forward, but Arsenal, who have been heavily linked with the forward in recent weeks, will have been encouraged by the news.
The club are set to lose both Gervinho, who has scored three goals and made five assists since joining from Lille and Marouane Chamakh, who has netted just once, to next month's African Cup of Nations.
Despite Robin Van Persie having already netted 19 goals for The Gunners this season, the demands that have already been put on the Dutchman means the club will be desperate to bring in additional resources.
Manager Arsene Wenger hinted over the weekend that if a deal for a striker presented itself in the New Year, he could be tempted.