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Aug 20, 2008

Bayern striker Toni hopes to end career in Italy

Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni has spoken of his desire to end his playing career in his native Italy, despite describing life in Munich as 'perfect'.

The 31-year-old Italian international joined the Bavarian giants last season and was a vital part of the team hitting 24 goals in 31 appearances as Bayern secured the Bundesliga title and German cup.

However, the World Cup winner feels he has 'unfinished business' back in Italy.

Toni told Germany's Zeit newspaper: 'I think I will end my career in Italy. I am stuck on 99 goals in Italy and I would like to reach 100 in Serie A, but there is still a lot of time.'

However, the decision to return to his homeland will be tough one for Toni who admits to enjoying life in the German capital: 'Everything is so perfect in Munich: it is clean and safe. I wish my home city of Modena could have such high standards of safety.'

The former Fiorentina star's admission that he sees his career drawing to an end in Italy will pique the interest of Serie A clubs, who could consider making a move for the 2006 Serie A top scorer.

A calf strain ruled the striker out of all Bayern's pre-season games and the first game of the season, last Friday's 2-2 draw with Hamburg, though Toni is expected to feature in Saturday's Bundesliga clash with Borussia Dortmund.

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