Klose reveals plan to play one more season before retiring
Miroslav Klose reveals plan to play one more season before retiring
The 36-year-old plans to play for another 12 months before hanging up his boots.
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Lazio and Germany striker Miroslav Klose has revealed that he intends to play just one more season before retiring.
Klose turned 36 in June and has now decided that he will carry on for another 12 months before hanging up his boots. "I've decided to retire in 2015," Klose is quoted as saying in Bild.
Klose has enjoyed a long and illustrious career and became a World Cup winner earlier this month when Germany beat Argentina to lift the trophy. He is the record scorer in World Cup history after netting his 16th finals goal in the 7-1 thrashing of hosts Brazil.
Klose has played at four World Cups since 2002, while at club level he has appeared for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich. He switched to Lazio in 2011 and has a contract for one more year, with the option for a further 12 months.
However, this is an option he is not now set to take up and reports suggest he plans to begin a coaching career next summer.
"I do not know yet if I will go on with the national team," said the striker, who scored his 16th World Cup goal in the win over Brazil earlier this month. "I'll take a couple of nights to sleep on it and then make the right decision."