The long and protracted transfer saga surrounding Lukas Podolski’s future was finally brought to an end yesterday with the announcement that Köln have won his signature.
The 23-year-old has finally got his wish to leave the Allianz Arena and the Geiβböcke have finally got their prodigal son back after losing him to Bayern back in 2006. ‘Poldi’ will move back to his former club at the end of the season on a four-year contract.
"The transfer is an absolute milestone in the history of Cologne," Daum told the city's Express newspaper. "I am looking forward to having Lukas Podolski."
Despite facing criticism from some quarters that the move is a step backwards and that he should have stuck it out in Munich, the young forward is convinced he has made the correct decision.
"I had very good talks with the officials and have, simply, a good feeling. The concept has convinced me - we want to build up Cologne over the coming years.
"I will be a part of the team. Cologne already has experienced players in their squad in Petit, Novakovic or Mondragon, and added to that strong, young players like Geromel or Pezzoni are coming.
"But what role I will play in the team or which squad number I will get does not interest me at the moment - I am concentrating now on the second half of the season with Bayern."
Podolski joined the Bavarian giants in 2006 after scoring 46 goals in 81 appearances for Köln. He has never really hit those heights at Bayern though, hitting just 11 goals in 58 Bundesliga games and falling behind Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose in the pecking order.
Mathew Burt, Goal.com