Solbakken: Podolski free to decide on Arsenal transfer

The trainer insists that his side must respect the striker's potential decision to leave the RheinEnergieStadion and added that he knows details he cannot share with reporters.
Koln coach Stale Solbakken has admitted that Lukas Podolski is in full control of his future amid reports of the player's contact with Arsenal.

On Tuesday, Bild reported that the 26-year-old had agreed personal terms with the Gunners. Koln-based source Express later asserted that nothing had been confirmed, but that it is only a matter of time before the deal is completed.

And although he was careful not to reveal any details, Solbakken suggested he would not attempt to block a move.

"Lukas' decision is important for us all, but also for him. We must respect this," he said according to SID. "I know a little more than you. I know a lot, but for me it is important that he has everything under control and can concentrate on the upcoming games.

"Podolski is a Koln player at the moment and we know that he will be here until the end of the season. Then we will have to see what happens."

Podolski has been in blistering form this season, scoring 15 goals and providing four assists in 19 Bundesliga appearances. He is currently valued at 20 million euros, but with his contract set to expire in 2013, his price tag may be negotiable.

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