Klose puts future on hold
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Miroslav Klose is adamant he is not trying to use the World Cup as a platform to move.
Miroslav Klose is adamant he is not trying to use the World Cup as a platform to clinch a transfer to The Premiership.
The Germany striker is currently the tournament's top scorer after netting four times during the hosts' impressive march to the quarter finals.
His exploits have seen the Werder Bremen hit-man linked with a post-World Cup move, with Italian duo Fiorentina and Palermo admirers.
Manchester United have also been linked with a bid, while Jens Lehmann has urged Arsenal to sign his compatriot.
Klose has reiterated his desire to play outside of Germany, but is putting his club future on hold until after the World Cup.
"I'm not playing at the World Cup to try and sell myself," affirmed Klose.
"I have a contract for two more years with Werder Bremen, but I have already said in the past that my objective is to play elsewhere.
"But my objective now is to play a good World Cup and I will think about that later."
Last season, Klose enjoyed a renaissance after scoring 25 goals in 26 Bundesliga appearances, having seen his career dip after netting five times at the 2002 World Cup.
He attributes his loss of form to injury troubles and is now delighted to be back in peak condition to spearhead Germany's World Cup challenge.
The 28-year-old added: "I don't think this Miroslav Klose should be compared with the one of two years ago.
"I was a different man then and wasn't in the best of shape because I kept sustaining one injury after another.
"I was not in top shape, but I have the fitness now and I can play strongly for 90 minutes and that's what I want to do."