Podolski asks Cologne for time on contract talks

Cologne says Germany forward Lukas Podolski has asked for more

time before his contract situation is discussed again.

The Bundesliga side said on its website that it held talks with

Podolski and his adviser on Tuesday to discuss the 28-year-old’s

contract, which expires in June 2013.

Cologne said talks took place ”in a positive and constructive

atmosphere” but that neither side would give further details.

Podolski is enjoying his best season with 14 goals so far for

his hometown club.

British newspaper The Guardian reported Monday that Podolski

ruled out a January transfer to Arsenal to safeguard his place for

Germany at the 2012 European Championships.