FC Koln hope Lukas Podolski will snub Arsenal FC and sign new deal

Lukas Podolski (credit: OLIVER HARDT/AFP/Getty Images)
FC Koln remain hopeful of keeping striker Lukas Podolski at the club despite interest from Arsenal.

Podolski admitted earlier this month that he is considering his future ahead of the transfer window reopening and has also been linked with Tottenham, Lazio and Schalke.

But Cologne managing director Claus Horstmann is not planning to sell the Germany international and is even hoping to tie him down to a new contract.

"The fundamentals are clear: Podolski has a year-and-a-half left on his contract and we want to go into the talks at an early stage - with the aim of extending this contract,” he told Kolner Stadt-Anzeiger.

"For Podolski, I'm optimistic that we have the chance [to re-sign him]."

Horstmann also dismissed reports in Germany suggesting Podolski had fallen out with the club's director of sport, Volker Finke.

"The two don’t have to love each other but they must respect each other and trust each other," he added.

"I have the impression that this is the case."

Recent reports have suggested that the Bundesliga club are preparing to offload a number of players in a bid to raise funds and keep Podolski at the club.

According to Bild, Cologne will look to sell Kevin Pezzoni, Alexandru Ionita, Sebastian Freis, Tomoaki Makino and Miro Varvodic next month in order to raise funds for new players as they look to keep hold of their prize asset.

Podolski is thought to be keen for the club to show ambition and strengthen their squad in a bid to qualify for European football next season before he considers signing a new deal.

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