Claudio Pizarro has signed a one year contract extension with Bayern München for the second consecutive year. The 35-year-old scored 11 goals in domestic competition despite making just 19 appearances.
"I’m very proud that I’ll still be playing for FC Bayern for another year. There’s no better club in the world in my opinion," Pizarro told the club's website. "This is an unbelievable group of players, we really enjoy it together – and we intend to go for it again next season."
Pizarro has been the third option at forward for Bayern since signing on a free transfer from Werder Bremen in 2012, a role he has embraced as he approaches the twilight of his career. With 176 career league goals, he is already the most prolific foreign goalscorer in the Bundesliga, but he is also just six goals away from passing Giovane Elber for the fifth most Bundesliga goals for Bayern.
The extension for the Peruvian could be a precursor for a Mario Mandžukić departure. Bayern carried three strikers under Jupp Heynckes, but were not inclined to do so under Pep Guardiola. Mandžukić could follow in the footsteps of Mario Gómez, who Bayern sold to Fiorentina following a one-year extension for Pizarro.
Pizarro will next undertake two friendlies with Peru, helping England and Switzerland prepare for the World Cup.