Bayern Klose door on Germany striker

Bayern Munich have confirmed Germany striker Miroslav Klose will leave the club at the end of the month.

Klose, 32, joined the Bavarians from Werder Bremen in 2007 and has scored 24 goals in 98 Bundesliga games.

He was a peripheral figure last season with Mario Gomez emerging as the club’s first-choice targetman.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Monday: "Unfortunately talks with Miroslav Klose have not led to a positive conclusion.

"We would have liked him to stay but we could not find common ground on the length of the contract period.

"FC Bayern would like to wish Miroslav and his family all the best for the future and are grateful for his contribution over the past four years."

Klose, who has been linked with Everton, Lazio and Valencia, said: "I have had four beautiful and successful years at Bayern and I thank them warmly.

"It was special to play for this club." Poland-born Klose made his name at Kaiserslautern before joining Bremen in 2004.

He helped Bayern to the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double in his first year at the club and was also instrumental as they reclaimed the league title in 2010 and reached the final of the Champions League.

He has won 109 caps for Germany, scoring 61 times, and his record of 14 goals in World Cup finals is second only to Brazil’s Ronaldo.