Bayern Munich honored Claudio Pizarro before Saturday's victory against Bayer Leverkusen, thanking the 36-year-old for his many years of service with the Rekordmeister. Though it seemed like a retirement party for the Peruvian it appears it is only a farewell.
Standing ovation from everyone at the #AllianzArena! #ThanksClaudio pic.twitter.com/I1lAToZ8LK— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 29, 2015
Munich rivals TSV 1860 München have approached Pizarro about play for them this season. He apparently had a conversation with 1860 sporting director Necat Aygün, but the talk was more casual than really inquisitive.
"We talked, but only about athletics," said Aygün to BILD on Friday. "Pizarro is still fit enough that he wants to play in the Bundesliga.
Pizarro has already respectfully declined the offer, despite the prospect of still being able to play in Munich. The reason? Who plays for a city rival?
"Yes, they asked, but it was hard," Pizarro said. "When you play for Bayern, you can't play for 1860."
"The 2. Liga is not right for me. Bundesliga or abroad" he continued. "There were already offers outside of the Bundesliga that did not suit me, but there are still offers. I still want to play."