Lazio sporting director Igli Tare believes Miroslav Klose is absolutely vital to the Italian team.
The 34-year-old German frontman signed in the summer of 2011 from Bayern Munich and has been in good goal-scoring form this term, scoring five goals in seven Serie A matches so far this season.
And the former Albania striker has spoken very positively of Klose’s contribution to the capital club.
“It was difficult to take him to Rome, it relied very much on his willingness to accept a challenge on a technical level, because in economic terms what they offered elsewhere was not comparable to what we could offer,” Tare told lazionews.eu.
The Lazio chief went on to say that, despite his age, Klose is an exemplary role model for everyone at the Serie A side.
“With his experience, his calmness, his desire and his determination for a team like ours, [he] is critical,” he said.
Klose’s sportsmanship has also drawn plaudits recently. He scored a goal against Napoli with his hand earlier in the season that had not been seen by the officials.
However, the German informed the referee who in turn reversed the decision, with Napoli going on to win the game 3-0.
The German’s actions were later lauded by Sepp Blatter.
Klose scored a goal in Germany’s 6-1 rout of Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday night.