Ever-green Claudio Pizarro extends stay at Bayern Munich

Pizarro, who scored four goals in Bayern's 9-2 German league rout of Hamburg in March, has made more than 350 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 166 goals, both of which are records for foreigners in Germany's top-flight.

Last updated on Thursday, 04 July, 2013 15:17 IST
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Berlin: Veteran Peru striker Claudio Pizarro signed a one-year extension with European champions Bayern Munich on Thursday as the Bavarian giants headed off to their pre-season training camp.

The 34-year-old, the only member of the Bayern squad who was without a contract, has extended until June 2014 as back-up to first-choice striker Mario Mandzukic of Croatia and want-away Germany star Mario Gomez.

"I'm 34 - there's nothing better that can happen to me than to sign a contract with Bayern Munich, I am convinced we will have a good year together," said Pizarro.

This will be the South American's ninth season in Munich having played for Bayern from 2001 until 2007, but returned to the Bavarians in 2012 after spells at both Chelsea and Werder Bremen.

Pizarro, who scored four goals in Bayern's 9-2 German league rout of Hamburg in March, has made more than 350 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 166 goals, both of which are records for foreigners in Germany's top-flight.

Pizarro said he had a linguistic advantage with new coach Pep Guardiola at the helm.

"He was happy that he was able to speak Spanish with me," joked the Peruvian.

"I can't say what will happen in the next year, but I feel very good and want to play football as long as possible."

Pizarro travelled with the squad as Guardiola took the Champions League winners to their pre-season camp on Lake Garda, north Italy, until July 12.

They then face Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup on July 27 with the new Bundesliga season starting on August 9 when Bayern host Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Story first published on: Thursday, 04 July 2013 15:15 IST

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