The former Germany international midfielder has criticised his old side and their pursuit of his compatriot, whom he also believes to be living off past glories
Lothar Matthaus has labelled former club Inter “mediocre”, while also criticising their reported interest in Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski.
The 55-year-old spent four seasons with the Nerazzurri, winning the Scudetto in 1989 and the Uefa Cup in 1991 before returning to Bayern Munich at the end of the following campaign.
Arsene Wenger alerted Inter to Podoslki’s availability by admitting that he could leave the club in January, but the former midfielder believes that the Italian side are now an average outfit.
“As long as it’s only rumours, we must be cautious. I think that Inter are following more players and that anyone, at this time, could pursue Podolski,” Matthaus said to Hamburger Morgenpost.
“From one point of view, Podolski and Inter would certainly fit because both have big names and have had considerable success in the past. It could be positive to resume the pursuit of these successes together.
“But it hurts me to see where Inter is now. They have become a mediocre club, so Podolski would join a mediocre club, although Inter has more economic advantages than other clubs in Italy.”
Podolski recently spoke out about his desire to feature more regularly for the Gunners, and Matthaus continued his scathing attack by telling him to stop blaming others.
“What Podolski seeks is not important,” Germany’s 1990 World Cup-winning captain stated. “What matters is what Arsenal want. There he has a contract to fulfill.
“In Bayern, he fled. The only club where he was a regular player was at Koln. You cannot always blame others if things go wrong. There are just others that are better.”