Miroslav Klose ends Lazio career on a high despite uncertain future

Miroslav Klose celebrated his last game as a Lazio player with a goal to equal the club's best ever haul by a foreigner but said he still had some regret.

Former Germany forward Klose, 37, admitted he would have liked to have stayed with the Eternal City club for another season after netting his 64th goal for the Biancocelesti -- the same number as Macedonian forward Goran Pandev -- but he said the option was never even given to him.

"I'm overwhelmed by emotion," Klose told reporters in the mixed zone after a 4-2 defeat at home to Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.

"It's all so beautiful. I've joined Pandev, and it's an honour since I know him. Lazio will always have a place in my heart and I will never forget the fans' affection.

"I don't know what I will do next. I've told my agent that I just want to enjoy myself right now and then we will evaluate what to do next."

Asked if Lazio tried to keep him, he replied: "Absolutely not. They never spoke to me. I can't do everything by myself. It's not as if I decided to leave."

Speaking to Lazio Channel, Klose did not rule out returning to the club one day "hopefully not in opposition as a player, but maybe as a coach."

He added: "Life's so beautiful that you can't rule it out. I've got plenty of time to think what to do in future so we'll see. I still want to play and I'm sure we'll find the right solution with my family."

Klose scored from the penalty spot but admitted to Sky Sport that he did not even want to take the penalty, with Lazio trailing 4-1.

"It was the fans who wanted me to take it," he said. "Normally it's not my job. They put a bit of pressure on me, but I didn't miss it. It was so emotional and I have learnt a lot in my five years here. I remember my goal in the derby in the last second, or the Coppa Italia that we won.

"I'll be keeping a great deal of memories in my mind. It was a pleasure to wear this shirt -- truly spectacular."