Miroslav Klose intends to continue playing on for two more years, but says a decision over his Lazio future won’t come until the summer.
The 35-year-old has enjoyed an Indian summer to his career since moving out to Italy in 2011 to join the Biancocelesti.
With his contract up at the end of this season, speculation is once more on his plans for the future.
“With how I feel at the moment, I am certain I can play one or two more years,” Klose commented to German television outlet NDR this week.
“However, this will be a decision that I will make year by year, month by month. Now let’s see how this season goes.
“I still have a contract until next June. Then there will be the World Cup and we shall see what I will do.
“My decision will undoubtedly be very spontaneous.”
The veteran was asked if winning the World Cup next summer with Germany would convince him to hang up his boots.
“The desire to win the World Cup is great. A couple of times I have touched the finish line. There would be nothing more beautiful than to win a title with the German national team, be that the European Championship or World Cup.
“Would I then be satisfied? I would say that I will never be satisfied. Let’s say that I am rarely satisfied. I’m always looking for challenges. I have a habit of looking each year at my objectives.
“When has goal has been reached or not reached, I have a new one set. But, when a target has been reached, the next one will have to be higher.
“The future? I am not one who is content with what he has achieved. I always want something new. My legs are in place, as they were at the beginning of my career. Except for some light aliments, in my sporting career I have never suffered a serious injury.
“I am really in order in terms of physique. In all the medical tests, I have always appeared among those with the best results. This gives me confirmation.
“I live as I always have - without alcohol, I am attentive to what I eat and I go to bed early. These were my rules from the beginning because I have always endeavoured to improve myself, to aim high.
“Now that I am beyond 30, I have the satisfaction in keeping pace with the others. Which for me, is really nice.”