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Podolski vows 100 percent to the end

Things are looking up for Lukas Podolski. His return to FC Köln is agreed, he has recovered from a back injury, and he has made up lost ground in terms of fitness. He is now determined to deliver in his remaining time with Bayern. “I’ll try and push really hard during my last few months in Munich. Who knows, maybe we’ll come away with a trophy or two. I’ll turn my attention to Köln once we reach the summer,” the player declared on Wednesday.

In fact, Poldi will concern himself with the men from Cologne in just three days’ time, when the Rhineland club visit the Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga. Podolski arrived at Bayern from Köln in 2006, and is rejoining his former club this summer. “It’s not just any old match,” he acknowledged, not merely because his childhood club provide the opposition, but because the striker could return to the matchday squad for the first time in three months.

Hard work in training

“If Lukas continues to train as well as he has done in recent days, he has a really good chance of finally being part of it again against Köln,“ FCB coach Jürgen Klinsmann announced on Monday. The 23-year-old goal-getter now says he has “a good feeling” about Saturday.

“I still have a couple of days to stake my claim, and I’ll work as hard as I can in training. I’ll do whatever I can to convince the coach,” Podolski remarked, “but the coach picks the squad. If I don’t make it, it’s not the end of the world. I’ll have to accept the decision and get back to working hard. “