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 By Ben Gladwell

Lazio striker Miroslav Klose, 37, eyes retirement on verge of 40th birthday

Lazio striker Miroslav Klose is 37, but has no plans to call time on his career.

Miroslav Klose says he has no intention of hanging up his boots at the end of the season, insisting he has another two years left in him.

The German striker, 37, is out of contract at Lazio at the end of the current campaign and has yet to score for the Biancocelesti this season.

It is not yet clear whether the club are going to offer him an extension, but Klose wants to carry on regardless.

"I'm pleased that I chose Lazio five years ago, because I've got to know these teammates and the affection of these fans, who have always been close to us -- albeit a bit less so this season," he said at an awards ceremony in Rome. "If my health allows it, then I want to play on for another two years."

That would take Klose right up to his 40th birthday, and he is still hungry to win something before he calls it a day.

German international Klose left the Bundesliga five years ago to join Lazio.

The one goal the former Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich forward has scored this season came in the Europa League, and Lazio head into their round-of-16 clash with Sparta Prague on Thursday still in the hunt for that competition -- one which the World Cup winner has never won before at any of his previous clubs.

"I think we've got the quality to win it," Klose said. "We just have to show that on the field. The team's giving everything in training, but the important thing is we show this in the matches that matter."

Lazio are effectively out of the running for qualification for Europe next season via Serie A.

With ten games of the season remaining they are in eighth place, nine points adrift of AC Milan in sixth -- the last berth which would grant access to the Europa League if the Rossoneri do not win the Coppa Italia.


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