Klaus Allofs has denied suggestions he was informed by Claudio Pizarro of his decision to leave Werder Bremen over the summer, as Bayern Munich have reportedly offered the striker a two-year deal.
Bild reported that the 33-year-old was given a deadline of March 31 to commit his future to Thomas Schaaf's side with his contract winding down, but told the club he is ready to seek a new challenge, leaving the Bavarians free to send a proposal.
However, according to the sporting director, this was not the case: "Bild knows more than us. It wasn't communicated like that within the club and I don't believe it."
A two-year deal was reported to have been offered to Pizarro which if accepted, would have seen him begin a second spell at Bayern following a six-year stint between 2001 and 2007.
"You'd have to ask Bayern Munich. That is a thing between them and Claudio," replied Allofs.
Jupp Heynckes has been eyeing up striking reinforcements for quite some time, as Ivica Olic is leaving at the end of the season while Nils Petersen, who has struggled for game time since joining from Cottbus last summer, has yet to truly convince his coach.
A Peru international, Pizarro scored 100 goals in 251 appearances in all competitions for Bayern during his stint with the Bavarians before he joined Chelsea in 2007. He returned to Bremen a year later, and has since become the most prolific foreign scorer in Bundesliga history.