5/11/2018 11:01:21 PM (GMT+3)

Klose to coach Bayern Munich U17 team from next season

 Klose to coach Bayern Munich U17 team from next season

BERLIN, Germany: Germany's all-time leading goal-scorer Miroslav Klose will return to Bayern Munich as head coach of the U17s from next season.

Klose has signed a two-year deal through to summer 2020.

“I'm really looking forward to this role at FC Bayern’s academy and I'll give everything I can to justify the faith placed in to me to lead the development of these young players,” said Klose in a club statement on Friday.

Klose, who is currently part of Joachim Loew's coaching team with Germany, will take over from current U17s boss Holger Seitz after the 2018 World Cup.

After spells with Kaiserslautern and Werder Bremen, Klose played for Bayern between 2007 and 2011. He won a Bundesliga and DFB Cup double in 2007-08 and 2009-10, and has scored 121 goals in 307 appearances.

But he is best known for his exploits on the international stage where the Poland-born striker netted 71 goals in 137 games for Germany and is the record scorer at World Cup finals with 16 goals spread over four tournaments.

He retired after winning the 2014 World Cup, but continued to play at club level with Serie A side Lazio for a further two years.