Miroslav Klose is unhappy with his lack of playing time at Lazio, sparking January transfer rumours.
Having tasted World Cup glory with Germany over the summer, and become the tournament’s all-time leading goalscorer, the veteran frontman was hoping for better from 2014/15.
He agreed to a 12-month extension with Serie A side Lazio in the hope of figuring regularly.
Klose has, however, found himself rooted to the bench for much of the campaign in Rome and has started to air his displeasure.
A switch to the Premier League has been mooted on a regular basis in the past, with the likes of Newcastle United and Arsenal said to be keen on a proven marksman, but the 36-year-old says he is prepared to see out the season in Italy before weighing up his options.
Klose told Die Welt: “I cannot say that I am satisfied with my playing time.
“I renewed my contract because I want to play and believe I can help the team. In order to get into shape, I have to play at least two or three games in a row.
“If I keep coming on for under 45 minutes, then I’ll never achieve match fitness. It’s pointless like that. So far I have remained calm, but I would feel bad if I didn’t get more space at Lazio. I’d feel like an old table thrown in the cellar.
“Will I leave in January? No, absolutely not. I spoke to the Coach and he knows what I want.”
Klose has spent the last three seasons with Lazio, making regular starts and providing a steady stream of goals.
Both have been hard to come by this year, though, and a move would appear to make sense.
He is approaching the end of his career and needs to maximise every campaign before hanging up his boots and a spell in England – having competed at the highest level in Germany and Italy – would present another exciting challenge.