Forever young! Arsenal target Miroslav Klose to keep playing

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German international and rumoured Arsenal January transfer window target Miroslav Klose is set to continue playing after the World Cup.

Veteran international striker Miroslav Klose has no intentions of hanging up his boots this summer after it was confirmed that the one-time Arsenal target has agreed a new contract with Serie A side Lazio.

The 35-year-old Poland-born striker had previously been linked with a short-term move to the Emirates in January, with manager Arsene Wenger keen to bolster his team’s attacking options.

But with no agreement surfacing, the forward remained in Rome, where he has continued to impress for Lazio with a credible eight goals in what has been an injury-hit season for the former Bayern Munich goalscorer.

And any fears that the strikers time at the Stadio Olimpico was coming to an end appear to been allayed, with Klose taking to the club’s official Twitter page to express his delight at the new deal.

"Very happy, I am part of a major project, I have an important role in this project,” a message on the social media page says.

Reports suggest that while the initial deal is for a single season, there is an option to extend the contract by a further year, should the player maintain his current form.

Klose is not the only veteran continuing to roll back the years in Italy with 36-year-old former Bayern teammate Luca Toni currently topping the scoring charts in the Italian top-flight, following a memorable season with newly-promoted Hellas Verona.

But while Toni remains somewhat off consideration for the Azzurri, Klose is an integral part of the Germany national team setup and will most likely feature at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The forward is one goal off equalling Ronaldo’s all-time World Cup scoring record of 15 for Brazil and will no doubt be spurred on by news of this new contract.

Arsenal, meanwhile, could soon be turning their attention to another Bavarian hero, with Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic linked with a move to the Emirates.

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