Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists unsettled striker Lukas Podolski is staying at the club.
Podolski has expressed his frustration at being third-choice striker behind Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni, prompting speculation of a possible move away from Bayern.
However, Klinsmann has confirmed that Podolski remains an important part of his plans.
“He will stay with Bayern, I have a personal interest in his development,” Klinsmann told TZ.
“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 this club, we can work with him and take him to the next level.
“We know he has come a long way in recent years and he should be proud of what he has achieved, but Lukas is not yet as good as he can be.
“He has shown the hunger to work and wants to improve himself. He takes his occupation very seriously and lives his life accordingly.”
Questioned about reports claiming Podolski could be on his way to Cologne, Klinsmann replied: “No, never!”