Miroslav Klose- Why a return to Werder is unlikely

It’s transfer window time and that means rumours are flying about like crazy. The latest one relating to Werder Bremen claims that Miroslav Klose is on the radar of the ‘Green-Whites’ and could be poised for a dramatic return to the Weser Stadion. Is this just transfer window speculation or could there be some truth in the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer cutting short his time in the Italian capital and helping Werder in their battle against relegation?

Since helping ‘die Mannschaft’ to World Cup glory in the summer, Klose has fallen down the pecking order at Lazio with coach Stefano Pioli favouring younger options in the form of Filip Djordjevic and Felipe Anderson. The 36-year-old has been limited to a role as an impact substitute.

Werder haven’t exactly played down the speculation with new coach Viktor Skripnik welcoming the news. “It would be a dream. If everything fits why would we ever say no, that is if Klose is still fit and he also has the will to come to Bremen. He is a super forward with huge experience. My boys can only profit from that.”

Sporting director Thomas Eichin has also done nothing to refute the potential switch saying, “Should Miroslav Klose become available on the market, we will certainly consider him. He has a great Werder past and a very good name in Bremen.”

Well that’s not exactly true is it Herr Eichin? Perhaps the manner of his departure to Bayern Munich and the rancour it caused with the Bremen faithful has been forgotten. Or maybe the plight that the club find themselves in means beggars can’t be choosers.

The unsavoury secret meeting with Bayern’s Uli Hoeness at Hannover airport in 2007 did Klose no favours and his public denials of a move to the Bavarians despite cancelling the contract on his Bremen house and it being the worst kept secret again leave a bad taste in the mouths of many a Werder supporter.

His tainted reputation aside, there are a number of other reasons why Klose won’t in all likelihood be back in the green shirt of the Bundesliga outfit. Money and the wages that he would demand are a major stumbling block. Reportedly on anything between €2.5 and €3.5 million per year, Werder are by no means in a position to match that.

Although unhappy with his current role at Lazio, is a switch to a relegation threatened side really something Klose needs at this stage in his career? The player has previously intimated that he wanted to end his career back in the Bundesliga, but surely the lure of the American MLS would be more inviting than a relegation scrap.

It’s not that Werder don’t need strengthening in the attacking third with Nils Petersen and Ludovic Obraniak both being allowed to leave of late. The club are heavily reliant on the goals of Franco di Santo, but Viktor Skripnik has recently put his faith in youngsters Davie Selke and Melvyn Lorenzen. The loan signing of Levin Öztunali from Bayer Leverkusen gives another indication that youth may be given its chance.

If Werder are going to strengthen during the January transfer window, then the back four has to be the priority for the club’s management. Klose’s return would grab headlines and provide an emotional filip, but ultimately it’s a story to raise headlines rather than genuine excitement and hope amongst the Werder faithful.

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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