Germany striker Miroslav Klose on Monday celebrated his goal-scoring performance in the 4-0 FIFA World Cup™ demolition of Australia by expressing his desire to stay with Bayern Munich.
Klose, whose goal against the Socceroos was his 11th in FIFA World Cup finals, has a deal with the German champions until 2011 and insists there is no substance in claims he was on his way to promoted Kaiserslautern.
I feel really great at Bayern where I have the opportunity to work with an excellent coach.
"I feel really great at Bayern where I have the opportunity to work with an excellent coach (Louis van Gaal). The option of a switch to Kaiserslautern was never something I considered." Klose played 25 times in the Bundesliga last season, but 14 of those were as a substitute. He managed just three goals.
Van Gaal opted to use Mario Gomez, Ivica Olic and Thomas Mueller, a decision which fuelled speculation that Klose, the top scorer at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, would be on his way out.
"I have been persuaded that I'll get a fresh start at Bayern. After the World Cup, we all start from scratch," said Klose.