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AC Milan chief Braida: Why we passed on Lazio star Klose

AC Milan chief Ariedo Braida admits they rejected the chance to sign Lazio striker Miroslav Klose in the summer. The Germany international has been a revelation since his arrival on a Bosman from Bayern Munich.

Braida explained: "We did not take Klose for two main reasons. The first is related to the will of the attacker to move from Germany to a team that can guarantee him a starting spot. Milan, Juventus and Inter already had his role covered and could hardly satisfy the desire of the player.

"The second reason concerns the age of the attacker. If a club that aims for the Scudetto relies on a foreign player of 33 years, a veteran of two negative seasons, they are likely to encounter fierce criticism.

"Investing in the market also means to look a little to the future.

"Notwithstanding all that, Klose is a champion of an international level, that he's scored so many goals, no one can doubt him."

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