Germany striker Miroslav Klose has demanded he starts for Bayern Munich against ex-club Kaiserslautern tomorrow and has told coach Louis van Gaal he is not interested in a place on the bench.
Although he is second-choice at Bayern behind Germany colleague Mario Gomez, the 32-year-old Klose has an impressive goalscoring record and is desperate to face his former club at the Allianz Arena.
After more than a decade, he has scored 113 goals in 279 Bundesliga games for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern and with 58 goals for Germany, he is second on the list of all-time German goalscorers.
"I am fit, I am in form," Klose told German daily Bild. "I want to fight to get my place back in the starting line-up. My place is not on the bench."
Having spent 90 minutes on the bench last Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Wolfsburg, Klose is far from happy to be given limited chances behind Gomez, who has netted 12 league goals all season.
After scoring four goals in South Africa at last year's FIFA World Cup™, Klose suffered a torn leg muscle in October which has limited him to just one league appearance since.
"I want to prove to the coach that he cannot do without me," said Klose, who is out of contract in the summer but refuses to talk about leaving Bayern. "I know I can still score some important goals for Bayern."