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 By Ben Gladwell

Lukas Podolski to return to Arsenal from Inter in summer - Mancini

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has confirmed Lukas Podolski's exit in the summer, saying that the Germany international wants to go back to Arsenal.

Podolski, 29, has failed to make an impression for Inter since joining them on loan until the end of the season in January, having still yet to score for the club.

The Serie A side are reluctant to make the move permanent on the terms originally agreed with Arsenal, even though Mancini suggested he would have liked to take a longer look at the forward.

That looks unlikely to happen, however, as Mancini has revealed Podolski has made up his mind and will return to London in July.

"We have this bad habit in Italy of not knowing how to wait for things," Mancini said at a news conference. "Not everything can happen quickly, particularly when you are moving from one country to another or from one club to another.

"That also applies to Podolski, who I rate as a great player and a great professional. His situation is a bit different because he's on loan and he wants to go back to Arsenal, and that is how it will be."

Podolski has found himself spending a lot of the time on the Inter bench -- much like he was at Arsenal ahead of a move he had hoped would give him more game time.

His disappointment is shared by Mancini when it comes to Inter's season, which the Italian admits has not matched his expectations.

With six games to go, they trail sixth-placed Fiorentina by four points and, with Genoa and Torino also ahead of them, they face an uphill struggle to qualify for the Europa League.

"This week's going to be decisive," Mancini said. "Getting into Europe does not only depend on us because even if we win all of our games and so too do the other sides, nothing changes.

"The overall verdict of the season is still negative. I had thought we might finish in the top three, even if I knew it would be difficult."


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