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I am no Bayern bench-warmer, insists Podolski

sports Updated: Aug 10, 2009 13:36 IST

Lukas Podolski has hinted he is ready to leave Bayern Munich unless he gets more first team football with the German giants after a frustrating autumn spent mainly on the bench.

"I want to succeed here with Bayern, but I know one thing for sure, I am not happy being stuck on the bench," said the 22-year-old ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Cup clash with Greek side Aris Salonika.

Since Italian Luca Toni and German Miroslav Klose were recruited in the summer, Podolski has made nine Bundesliga appearances off the bench and just two league starts this season.

Coach Ottmar Hitzfled has found a place for Podolski's goal-scoring talent as an attacking midfielder alongside German star Bastian Schweinsteiger.

But despite scoring twice in Bayern's 2-2 UEFA Cup draw with Bolton Wanderers last month, the striker is getting frustrated with his lack of goals, having yet to find the back of the net in the league.

Now Podolski, voted the young player of the tournament at last year's World Cup, has said he will look at his options at the end of the season.

"I will wait until the end of the season to see what the situation is.

"I am under contract until 2010 and I want to earn some respect here."

Podolski has failed to make an impression at Bayern since he joined from second division Cologne in the summer of 2006.