Berlin (AFP) - Germany's record World Cup goal-scorer Miroslav Klose plans to become a coach, as he contemplates retiring, and harbours dreams of working in the Bundesliga again.
"The Bundesliga will be my goal, because I can't imagine that I'll always be a youth team coach," Klose, who retired from international footballer after the World Cup, told German magazine Kicker.
"When I work towards my coaching licence I will really go for it, just like most things I do.
"Coaching at the German Football Association (DFB) is one possibility.
"Hansi Flick (the DFB's sports director) and I will certainly sit down and talk.
"I have seen many of Germany's national youth teams play and it would be exciting to work with them."
The 36-year-old set a new record of 16 World Cup goals when he scored in Germany's historic 7-1 win over the hosts in the semi-finals of Brazil 2014 and is the first player to have appeared in four consecutive World Cup semi-finals.
Having played for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich in Germany's top flight, Klose currently plays for Italian side Lazio but his current contract expires at the end of the season and he is considering retiring from all football.
"It will be a spontaneous decision, I will talk to my family first, as always, and there are a few other things to consider," he said.
"Lots of things are possible, maybe even a return to the Bundesliga, but there has been no specific contact."