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The 51-year-old says that the Koln star could succeed outside the Bundesliga, and is grateful that Schweinsteiger is injured now, rather than in May

Germany coach Joachim Low has tipped Lukas Podolski for a transfer abroad, saying the Koln striker could succeed away from the Bundesliga.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move in recent weeks after an excellent start to the season. The former Bayern Munich forward has scored nine goals in his first 11 league games including one in the weekend loss to Werder Bremen.

Low has now told that Podolski would do well abroad, citing his belief that the 93-cap star is now more suited to a foreign move.

"For four or five years I have said that it would be better for Lukas to stay in Germany. Today the situation is different. Lukas has become more mature, he is more capable of making the move abroad."

Low also took time to put a positive spin on the collarbone injury that will keep Bastian Schweinsteiger out for six weeks.

"When Bastian is in the national team, you feel better as a coach. He is the emotional leader. He takes responsibility, he has a good influence on the team.

"It sounds odd, but it is good that he is injured now and not in May, shortly before Euro 2012. That would have been a harsh blow. But for now, in the two friendlies, we have enough alternatives."

Finally, Low stated his belief that the number of Germans playing abroad is a testament to the quality within the Bundesliga.

"This speaks for the quality of German football. It's a good feeling when our players are back in demand abroad.

"A change also brings these players further. They benefit from experiences that come from being at a big club. [Mesut] Ozil and [Sami] Khedira get even greater confidence because they are at Real Madrid, one of the of the biggest clubs in the world.

"Besides that, they learn a new language and a different mentality. Things like that take you further in your personal development."