Podolski refutes newspaper claims

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has hit out at a leading British tabloid for suggesting that he had ‘stormed out of training’ this week.

The Mirror ran a story that claimed Podolski, who has been linked with a January move to Inter Milan, had left training early on Wednesday after becoming ‘fed up’ with his situation at the club.

The Germany international has featured sparingly this season, but he insists he is committed to the London club despite a lack of regular playing time.

The 29-year-old took to social media to voice his disappointment at the recent report, while also professing his love for the club.

He said: “I try not to comment on stories I see in the papers but when I see something that questions my commitment & love for the club then I must speak up!

“Here ‘The Mirror’ have tried to make a story out of nothing. I find it incredible that newspapers are allowed to print pure lies to get people’s attention.

“In order to ‘storm’ off the pitch you have to actually be on the pitch in the first place, I spent the whole session inside with medical staff. It seems it is ‘The Mirror’ who stormed to the keyboard too quickly.

“Nevertheless I wish ‘The Mirror’ a Happy New Year and more luck with correct headlines in the future. COYG.”