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Klose rules out switch to rivals Bayern

BERLIN, May 2 (Reuters) - Miroslav Klose has ended speculation about an imminent move to Bayern Munich by assuring Werder Bremen that he will see out his contract to June 2008, the club said on Wednesday.

The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported that the German international striker would either go to Bayern at the end of this season for 15 million euros ($20.5 million) or transfer there for free when his contract ends.

'We would have liked him to have come to this decision earlier but we now have the necessary clarity to approach the final challenges of the season with all our energy,' Werder Sporting Director Klaus Allofs said on the club's Web site (www.werder-online.de).

'Because of the turmoil of recent days it's now important that the club, the team and the fans join forces so that we can go into the (UEFA Cup) semi-final, second-leg against Espanyol with the full backing of our supporters,' he added.

Bremen play the second leg of the UEFA tie on Thursday after losing 3-0 in Barcelona last week.

They are also third in a tight race in the Bundesliga, two points behind leaders Schalke 04 and one behind second placed VfB Stuttgart with three weeks left.

Klose met Bayern executives at an airport hotel in Hanover last week. He later apologised to Bremen.

He said the meeting was only 'informational' and not contract talks.

The German Football Association (DFB) has nevertheless started an investigation to see if Bundesliga champions Bayern, who are fourth in the table and have almost no chance of defending their title, violated league rules in meeting Klose.