Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said unsettled Lukas Podolski is going nowhere, adding that the world has yet to see the best of the striker.
"He will stay with Bayern, I have a personal interest in his development," Klinsmann told Munich newspaper TZ. Questioned about rumours surrounding Podolski's possible move to Cologne, the former Germany coach responded: "No, never!"
Despite winning 57 caps and scoring 30 goals for his country, Podolski is third-choice forward at Bayern behind Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni. Having been given just five league starts since August 2007, he has become increasingly frustrated and has made no secret of his desire to move away.
But Klinsmann insisted Podolski will stay at Bayern and take his game to new heights. "Because I was in charge of him for two very intense years with the national team I know his qualities, but I also know his weak points.
"What I want to develop is his consistency: in his work, in his achievements and in his general play. He is still in the development phase - and these problems will not just go away if he changes club."
At the start of the month, Podolski was told to "stop whining" by Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness after he complained to the press about his place on the bench. But despite European giants Real Madrid and Manchester City reported to have also expressed an interest in him, Klinsmann says Bayern is the best place for Podolski.
"At this club, we can work with him and take him to the next level," said Klinsmann. ".
"He has shown the hunger to work and wants to improve himself. He takes his occupation very seriously and lives his life accordingly. But it is difficult to always focus on what is important in football, because there are so many influences around him. Footballers these days are megastars - that is not Lukas' fault."