Pizarro provokes Bayern wrath
By Lucas Brown & Thomas Hez. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Sevilla look set to move for Claudio Pizarro after his antics for Bayern Munich at the weekend, according to reports emanating out of Germany.
The 28-year-old Peruvian international has regularly hit the back of the net in his time at the Allianz Arena this season.
But negotiations over a new contract have strained relations between the player and club, and he provoked the wrath of general manager Uli Hoeness in the team's 2-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Pizarro refused to hand the ball to designated penalty taker Roy Makaay during the game when awarded a spot-kick, instead choosing to take and subsequently miss himself, and the decision enraged Hoeness.
"That's not the way to deal with your colleagues, that's egotistical behaviour," Hoeness fumed.
Pizarro's contract with the Bundesliga champions is set to expire in the summer unless a new agreement can be reached, but the Uefa Cup winners now appear to be in pole position to land the marksman.
Club director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already expressed his dissatisfaction with Pizarro's é¼4 million-a-year (£2.7 million) wage demands and the player now looks set to leave in January.
"If you want to be paid like [Andrei] Shevchenko, then you need to play like Shevchenko," Rummenigge commented.
But main striker Lukas Podolski's ankle injury could be set to shake things up however, as the German international has now been ruled out of action for two months.