Werder Bremen veteran Claudio Pizarro offered role at Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has promised Werder Bremen striker Claudio Pizarro a job at the German champions once his playing career is over.
Pizarro, 40, will return to his former club on Saturday, when he will hope to help Bremen get a win that could push the Green-Whites into the top six in the Bundesliga table.
Pizarro previously had two long and successful spells at Bayern as a player, and Rummenigge has indicated that the veteran Peruvian would be welcomed back to Munich.
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“We have agreed with Claudio that when he actually ends his career – whenever that will be – then he can come back to Munich and take on an ambassador’s role with us,” the former Bayern and West Germany attacker told Mein Werder.
“As far as I know he still has a house here in Munich, and his family have always felt good here.”
Now at Bremen for the fourth time in his career, Pizarro played for league leaders Bayern between 2001 and 2007 and between 2012 and 2015. In all competitions he netted 125 goals in 327 matches for the record champions – including 87 in 224 games in the Bundesliga.
If the former Cologne and Chelsea forward can play his part in extending Bremen’s current 14-game unbeaten streak this weekend, it would severely dent his old club’s chances of winning the league title for the seventh year in succession.
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"Our team has a lot of self-confidence," Pizarro said on Tuesday. "Everyone can see how we’re playing right now, how we’re sticking together and what we’re doing. I think they know it won’t be easy."
Pizarro will soon get another chance to get one over his former employers, since Bremen host Bayern the DFB Cup semi-final next Wednesday.
The second highest foreign goalscorer in the German top flight – having recently been overtaken by Robert Lewandowski – won six Bundesliga titles, five DFB Cups and the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League as a Bayern player.
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