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Claudio Pizarro wants Bundesliga stay after Bayern Munich exit

Claudio Pizarro is available on a free transfer after leaving Bayern Munich.

Claudio Pizarro hopes to remain in the Bundesliga after leaving Bayern Munich this summer.

Pizarro, 36, is available on a free transfer after his Bayern deal expired last month, and the Peru international said he hopes to play on for two more years.

"I have received some offers already, but I waited until the final day for Bayern, because I really wanted to stay there," he told Suddeutsche Zeitung.

"It would be ideal to stay in Germany. My three sons were born in Germany and grew up there. Now they are 15, 13 and nine years old. I would like to give them the utmost stability, because they had to move a few times already. They sacrificed a lot."

He also ruled out a move to Peru, saying: "That is not possible right now for safety reasons. If it was not for that, I would return to Peru for sure, but I don't want to bring my family into an uncomfortable situation. It is sad but that's how it is."

Pizarro was part of the Peru side that reached the semifinals of this summer's Copa America before losing 2-1 to hosts Chile, and he said he has not yet decided whether he will prolong his international career beyond Friday's third-place playoff with Paraguay.

"I have to think step by step now," the striker said. "I will have to see how my body reacts and where I will be playing."

He said he was happy with the team's performance in Chile.

"I think we played a very good Copa America," Pizarro said. "Despite the semifinal loss our team deserves some peace of mind because of everything we have achieved during this tournament."

He praised Peru coach Ricardo Gareca's contribution, saying: "I was surprised to see what a giant leap in quality some of our players have made. He played a huge role in this development. He led us back to our football. I have the feeling we are at the start of a new stage."

On the defeat to Chile, he added: "We were confident we could reach the final, but when Carlos Zambrano was sent off the match turned out to be too complicated."


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