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Bayern's Pizarro has no retirement plans

February 11, 2014
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich forward Claudio Pizarro has told kicker he has no plans to hang up his boots anytime soon.

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Pizarro, 35, is in the final few months of his second stint at Bayern but he has seen his playing time limited to mostly brief substitute appearances under Pep Guardiola.

It is still up in the air whether the Bavarians will offer the Peru international, who has played 10 games and scored three goals this season, a new contract for the 2014-2015 season.

Claudio Pizarro Bayern Munich
GettyImagesClaudio Pizarro has scored more goals than any other foreign player in the history of the Bundesliga.

But Pizarro says he has no retirement plans, telling kicker: “I just enjoy playing football. I still have a few years. I will only stop when my body tells me: ‘That’s it!’ Or when I can no longer stand the pace.”

And the former Werder Bremen and Chelsea striker, who has scored a non-German record 168 goals in the Bundesliga, insists he does not fear the day Bayern Munich will make their decision.

“There always enquiries,” Pizarro said and when asked whether he could imagine a switch to Qatar or MLS, he said: “Certainly. I have options.” With Bayern still left in the race to repeat last season’s Treble triumph, Pizarro, for now, wants to solely focus on “winning all titles once again.”

“It would be nice to have an early decision,” Pizarro added. “But I am in no hurry, because I know that if Bayern say no, something different will come up. I will continue my career for sure.”

Pizarro has only played for two Bundesliga clubs since crossing the Atlantic in 1999. He kicked off his European career with two years at Werder Bremen, and has since played for both Bremen and Bayern twice. He also spent a year of mixed fortunes at Stamford Bridge.

“I’ve done everything right. I want to identify with a club and stay for a long time. When I do something, I do it with heart. Only at Chelsea it did not work out,” Pizarro told kicker, adding that he dreams of enjoying his retirement in London.

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