Klose open to Bayern Munich transfer

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Striker Miroslav Klose has opened the door to a possible move away from Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old has struggled to make his mark at club level in recent times, but remains a key figure for Germany, having scored in the 3-0 win over Turkey to take his tally for his country to 57 goals in 104 caps.

Klose told Bild: “I am open to anything - whether I get a contract extension or change clubs. I can see myself playing for another club in the Bundesliga.

“The important thing for me is to remain playing internationally, as playing at Euro 2012 is my goal.

“Why do I score for Germany and not Bayern Munich, I ask myself every time. Here I have more luck, which is lacking when I play for Bayern.”

Meanwhile, Bayern defender Diego Contento has turned down the chance to represent Germany and has pledged his international future to Italy.

The 20-year-old has played for Germany at under-17 and under-20 levels, but now wants to try his luck with the Azzurri.

Die Mannschaft team manager Oliver Bierhoff told Tuttosport: “We don't force anyone to play with us. For example, Diego Contento although he was born in Germany and could play for the German national team, has decided to decline the invitation from the Under-21 side.

“He did this because he wants to play for Italy, because emotionally and culturally he feels a part of that country.

“Those like Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, and Cacau who have decided to wear the shirt of Germany, did so because they felt they belonged to this nation.”