Transfer talk: Pizarro extends with Bayern Munich
Veteran Peru hot-shot Claudio Pizarro has extended his Bayern Munich stay by signing a new one year deal with the Bundesliga champions up to June 2015, it was announced Tuesday.
Pizarro, 36 in October, was the Bundesliga champion’s most efficient forward last season.
He scored 10 league goals and had three assists despite limited appearances as back-up to Pep Guardiola’s first-choice striker Mario Mandzukic.
The Peru veteran only started six league games, but managed to score four goals off the bench including the winner in Bayern’s final Bundesliga match of the season after the Bavarian giants won the title with a record seven games spare.
“Claudio has again proven how dangerous he is in front of goal and how important he is for the team,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after they won the league and cup double.
“We are really pleased that we can continue to count on him.”
Pizarro finished joint fourth amongst Bayern’s top scorers last season behind Mandzukic, Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben, but level with Germany star Mario Goetze.
Statistically, Pizarro was Bayern’s most efficient player, needing just 53 minutes to either score or provide an assist.
With 370 Bundesliga appearances and 176 league goals, the former Chelsea and Werder Bremen forward is the league’s top foreign scorer having made his debut in Germany’s top-flight in 1999.
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Published: May 27, 2014 04:00 AM