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Klose will struggle at Bayern: Basler

india Updated: Jun 16, 2007 21:25 IST

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Former Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen midfielder Mario Basler insisted on Saturday German international striker Miroslav Klose will struggle if he joins Bayern this summer.

Klose, 29, the Bremen striker who was top-scorer at last year's World Cup, has been linked with a multi-million euro transfer to Bayern this summer as the German giants re-build their squad after their worst season for eleven years.

The 20-times German champions have signed Italian World Cup winning striker Luca Toni from Fiorentina and Klose will also be competing with Bayern's top scorer Dutchman Roy Makaay and his international team-mate Lukas Podolski, voted the best young player at last year's World Cup, for his place up front.

And Basler, who spent three years at both Bremen and Bayern in the 90s, told German on-line magazine Sport-Bild he predicts a tough 12 months for Klose - who ever he plays for.

"Klose will have problems at Bayern," insisted Basler, 38, who was the Bundesliga's top-scorer in 1995 at Bremen and was capped 30 times for Germany.

"In his current form, Klose will have big problems to assert himself in the team with Toni signed and with Lukas Podolski fighting for his place."

Klose is in a precarious position at Bremen - with his contract set to expire in 2008, he has already pledged his future to Bayern from July next year when he will join on a free transfer.

But Bayern are keen to sign him sooner and Klose was forced to apologise to both his club and fans in April when it was revealed he had a "secret" meeting with Bayern bosses to discuss a possible switch.

And Basler was quick to point out the mistakes Klose - who scored five goals at last year's World Cup - has made this season on and off the pitch, having failed to score a goal since April.

After Klose told reporters after Germany's recent Euro 2008 qualifier win over Slovakia that he would switch to Bayern in 2008 at the latest, Basler said he can expect a hard time from the Bremen fans if he stays.

"Klose isn't playing well this season and has made many mistakes," said Basler.

"He hasn't done himself many favours with the things he has said and he will have big problems with the fans at Bremen - if he stays."

Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said he wants to sign Klose this summer and is reported to have offered ten million euros.

Werder want at least 15 million, but which ever shirt he wears next season, Basler thinks it will be a tough campaign.

He said, "All the same, where ever Klose plays, it will be a tough season for him. With every bad game he has he makes himself more vulnerable."