Rummenigge: Klose rejected England move
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed how Miroslav Klose turned down two approaches from unnamed Premier League clubs to fight for his place with the German champions.
The 32-year-old may have scored only three goals last season, but his four strikes at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ made him a hot commodity on the transfer market again this summer. However, he has vowed to stick with Bayern at least for the remaining 12 months of his contract, having turned down those two approaches from England.
"There were two enquiries from England which I passed on to his agent," revealed Rummenigge in Sport Bild magazine. "He informed me that Miro desperately wants to stay in Munich."
Nevertheless, Bayern coach Louis van Gaal has made it clear that Klose is going to have a fight on his hands to play more than the 25 matches, of which only 12 were starts, he featured in last term. "We have five strikers, yet I only want two," declared the Dutchman.
"I have been saying that for a year. At the start of last season I wanted to play with two strikers, who were Gomez and Klose, but that didn't work, so I established a 4-4-1-1 formation. That meant there were five strikers for just one position, and they are all still here."
Ivica Olic is currently first choice, with Thomas Muller his preferred understudy since he, along with Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos, can also play in a deeper role. That leaves Mario Gomez and Klose potentially drawing the short straw, and Van Gaal seems to be keen on offloading one if not both of them.
"One is always going to end up unhappy," said the 58-year-old. "Everybody knows that they can come to me if they want to move. The problem at the moment is that nobody wants to leave."