Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking Lukas Podolski with a move to Inter Milan as "a joke".
The World Cup winner is unhappy over a lack of playing time at the Emirates Stadium, however the Gunners boss has quashed speculation of a January exit for the former Bayern Munich man.
"Podolski? I want him to stay," the Frenchman told journalists in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
"Inter? That is a joke. Inter Milan is not serious."
The German forward is yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season - while his seven substitute appearances have totalled less than 100 minutes - and the third most-capped player in German history has not been shy in airing his frustrations.
“I like London, I like the club, but I don’t like the situation,” he told German magazine Kicker last month.
“I’m not some clown who can sit out his contract in the stands.”
“I have to try to talk with Arsene Wenger. I want a fair chance."
Despite Wenger's stubbornness to part with the player, the Daily Mail reported that representatives of the Nerazzurri were in the English capital on Saturday for meetings, and Inter head coach Roberto Mancini has been public in his admiration for the Polish born striker.
"Podolski is a good player," the coach told Sport Mediaset.
"He is part of a list of players that we are following, so we will see what will come of it."
While Wenger may be reluctant to allow Podolski to leave, being sat on the bench earning £100,000-per-week is proving costly. However, Arsenal appear more likely to move on Joel Campbell or Yaya Sanogo on January.
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