NEWS: Podolski officially a Gunner now, Daniel van Buyten stays at Bayern for another year, and more

Lukas Podolski confirms his swap to Arsenal on Facebook.

It has been one of German football’s worst kept secrets for the last few weeks, but now it has been made official: Lukas Podolski has signed a four-year deal at Arsenal. The German international confirmed the change on Facebook, writing:

Hi everybody, I’ll be playing for Arsenal next season. This transfer gives me the chance to play international football at one of Europe’s finest clubs. This decision wasn’t easy for me, because FC Köln, the city and the fans are something very special to me.

I’ll always carry FC Köln in my heart. Now we have to combine all our efforts and concentrate on not getting relegated.

Greetings, Poldi.

Bild writes that Podolski has signed a four-year deal, worth 7 million Euros per season. Köln will receive 13 million Euros, of which a percentage will be paid to Bayern München.

Daniel van Buyten to stay at Bayern

Belgian international Daniel van Buyten has extended his contract at Bayern until 2013. The 34-year-old has played 133 Bundesliga matches upon his arrival at Bayern in 2006, scoring 19 goals and managing 5 assists. The central defender has played 13 matches so far this season, but hasn’t played a single minute of Bundesliga football since match day 18 due to an injury.

Meanwhile Van Buyten’s collegue Arjen Robben hasn’t signed a new deal at Bayern according to Bild. The Dutchman’s contract was scheduled for the end of April, but it has now been put on ice. Bild writes that Robben is unhappy about the way Jupp Heynckes and the rest of Bayern’s leadership handled the dispute that occurred between him and Franck Ribery in which the Frenchman punched Robben in the face during the half time interval in the match between Bayern and Real Madrid, leaving a clear mark under Robben’s eye.

Didavi keen on staying at Der Club

Daniel Didavi has been the revalation of the Rückrunde for most 1. FC Nürnberg fans. The midfielder has scored 8 goals in his last 9 matches. However, Didavi is currently only on loan from VfB Stuttgart, and the Swabians are keen on getting the midfielder back before the start of next season. However, Didavi made it clear that he would prefer to stay at Nürnberg when questioned by Bild:

I want to play here next season as well. It is nice that the VfB is playing in an international competition next year. But, it is more important to me that the coach is putting his trust in me – which is the case at Nürnberg. It is also important to me that I get to play as many matches as possible, which is also the case here.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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