Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed that the club have no chance of signing Lukas Podolski on a permanent basis due to his desire to return to his parent club Arsenal, reports the Express.
The German joined the Serie A side in January on a six-month loan deal with a view of making it permanent at the end of the season, for a fee believed to be around £8million, but Mancini has confirmed that there is no chance of that happening now.
Podolski left Arsenal after a frustrating first half of the season which saw him make most of his appearances from the subs bench, and even if he did start, he would be hauled off anyway by Arsene Wenger.
The final nail in the coffin came when the German was given a start in the Champions League against Galatasaray, and despite scoring a brace, the 29-year-old was still dropped for the following game.
Podolski was very vocal in the media late last year and eventually Wenger accepted that he had to leave the club in order to play regular football.
The forward fell down the pecking order after Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez arrived from Manchester United and FC Barcelona respectively in the summer.
Move to Inter
Inter secured the loan deal in the January transfer window, but after 14 appearances, Podolski has failed to net a single goal for the Italian side.
Despite the lack of goals, Mancini did plan on keeping Podolski because he likes his work-rate and his professionalism around the club, however, he has admitted that it's not possible as he has his heart set on an Emirates return.
Mancini Confirms No Deal
Mancini said: “In Italy we have a habit of not being able to wait.
"Not everything can be done quickly, especially when moving from one country to another, from one club to another.
“The same applies to Podolski who I consider a great player and a great professional.
"That situation is a little different though, because he is on loan and wants to return to Arsenal.”
Podolski reveals Plans
A few months ago Podolski had an interview and he also confirmed that a permanent deal may not be on the cards.
"At Inter there have been some negative situations, but I see the bright side in all of it," he told Sport Bild. "Also, it's generally easier to criticise someone who comes on loan, as I did this winter.
"The chapter is not closed with Arsenal, because there is no purchase option.
"I was the first person to clear things up in the talks with Inter and say I didn't want any kind of clause that would have let them purchase my contract rights.
"When you're on loan you never know what can happen, so at the end of the season we'll analyse things freely and decide the situation."
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