'Podolski tweets more than he plays'

Lothar Matthaus has called on the Germany international to show his quality on the pitch once again, though the striker has hit back over the comments

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthaus has urged Lukas Podolski to prove his ability as a player again after suggesting he has devoted too much time to social media.

The 29-year-old is poised to seal a loan switch to Inter after becoming frustrated with life at Arsenal, for whom he has not started a league game all season.

The former Bayern Munich striker has earned a staggering 121 caps for Germany and added the World Cup to his list of honours this summer, but Matthaus claims he has not done enough of his talking on the pitch in recent years.

“Lukas has his qualities; now he must prove them by bringing them back to the pitch,” he said to Sky.

“In the past we heard how he tweets more than he plays. He needs to concentrate on football.”

Podolski himself hit back at the World Cup-winning captain via Twitter, stating: “I find it very amusing that Matthaus should give me precise tips on how to behave.”

The forward was at Inter’s Appiano Gentile complex on Saturday to meet with head coach Roberto Mancini prior to his move.

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