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Despite figuring only sporadically under Jupp Heynckes last season, Claudio Pizarro’s class was still permitted to shine through at certain points of the 2012-13 campaign.
Even at 34 years of age, the forward managed to register 14 goals and nine assists, verifying his ongoing worth as a top-class finisher.
However, with just a year remaining on his deal at the Allianz Arena, questions now turn to whether Pizarro will remain with the club, or if they’ll opt to acquire a fee for his services now.
Earlier this year, Schalke general manager, Horst Heldt, was reported by Bild (report in German) as admiring the Peruvian’s talent, saying: "He is a great striker. If he does not extend at Bayern, one has to deal with him."
Having played third-string striker at Bayern, one can only speculate as to how Pizarro would deal with his role in Gelsenkirchen, competing alongside Teemu Pukki and Ciprian Marica as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s backup.
An alternative option for the veteran forward would be a move to Hamburg, who are supposedly in the market for a striker.
Following the departure of Heung-Min Son to Bayer Leverkusen, there’s a certain attacking void to fill for HSV, with the Hamburger Morgen Post linking Pizarro with the vacancy.
One might argue that Pizarro’s numbers would suffer without the kind of ammunition received at Bayern, but the search for regular playing time may lead the attacker to make a move elsewhere this summer, regardless.