Claudio Pizarro leaves Werder Bremen
Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have confirmed that Claudio Pizarro has left the club with mutual consent.
Bremen’s Sporting Director Frank Baumann said:
“We already signaled to Claudio in mid-May that it would be very likely we wouldn’t be extending his contract. In talks with Claudio, we decided together to wait for the start of pre-season to announce the news. Due to the big competition in attack and the young talent we have, whose development we don’t want to hinder, we decided to not extend Claudio’s contract.”
— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) July 2, 2017
The 38-year-old enjoyed three spells with the Werderaner (1999-2001, 2008-2012, 2015-2017) and also won the DFB-Pokal Cup with the club in 2009.
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He made over 200 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen and scored 104 goals, making him the club’s all-time top goalscorer, as well as the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal’s all-time foreign top scorer.
“It was always a huge honour for me to wear the SV Werder Bremen shirt. The club, the city and the fans will always have a special place in my heart. I would have like to carry on playing for Werder, but I accept the club’s decision,”
said Claudio Pizarro, who would like to continue his career elsewhere for a further year.
Baumann further thanked him for his service to the club, saying:
“Claudio is a legend and fully deserves to get the best-possible farewell that a player at Werder Bremen can get – his own farewell game. Only a few Werder players have had this honour. After the end of his career, we’ll discuss all the details with him.”
“In all of his three stints here, he was an absolute fan favourite. His goals and attitude contributed to making Werder successful in the last 17, 18 years, and contributed to enhancing the public’s perception of the club.”
How did the fans react…
We will always love you. <3
Claudio Pizarro: The Conqueror. The Legend. I hope you never loose your smile. 🙂
— VaMpEy (@VaMp3y) July 2, 2017
— #DankePiza ? (@BMBager) July 2, 2017
— Kgalabi Phale (@JKPhale) July 2, 2017