Claudio Pizarro is set for his 19th season of Bundesliga football after agreeing a one-year deal with Werder Bremen.
The Peruvian, who turns 40 in October, spent last season with Cologne, scoring once in 16 games as the Billy Goats were relegated. The strike, which came in the 3-2 reverse against VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 25, meant Pizarro has scored in each of the last 20 Bundesliga campaigns.
The player is not content to simply bask in his historical exploits, though.
“I’m delighted to have the chance to join the team again, and to finish my career at the club I started in Europe with,” Pizarro explained. “I'm looking forward to sharing my experience, but I don’t want to hide that I’m coming back to score goals as well. I’m convinced that we’ll have a strong season together.”
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A six-time Bundesliga champion over two spells at Bayern Munich, Pizarro joins Bremen for the fifth time, having also put pen to paper with Die Grün-Weißen in 1999, 2008 (on loan from Chelsea), 2009 and 2015.
Coach Florian Kohfeldt is looking forward to having Pizarro back in the fold.
“He will have a good influence in the dressing room with his positive energy, conviction and hunger for success,” he said. “If he’s fit and healthy I’m sure he can help us in crucial moments this season. Claudio is a legend and he will get his moments this season.”
Pizarro has been in Mallorca this summer working on his fitness and could get his first taste of action against Dutch outfit VVV-Venlo next Monday.