32 year-old Croatian striker Ivan ‘Killer’ Klasnić has signed a one-year contract with Bundesliga club FSV Mainz 05, returning him to Germany for the first time since the 2007-08 season, where he played for Werder Bremen. Killer played eight seasons in Bremen where he scored 49 goals in 151 appearances. He was born in Hamburg.
Klasnić started his career at St. Pauli in 1997 before moving to Werder Bremen. Upon a disagreement between Werder Bremen management and Klasnić in 2008 due to his health, where he underwent two kidney transplants, the Croatian frontman moved to French club Nantes, where he spent two seasons. Klansić was then loaned out to English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers for a season, before completing a full transfer for the 2011-12 season. Klasnić scored 12 goals in 50 games for Bolton.
With signs possibly pointing to Klasnić moving to Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb for their Champions League campaign this season, that assumption couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Deportiva and Gaziantepspor were also in line to land Killer.
“I had many offers, but this one from Mainz was the best. I’m looking forward to returning to Germany for family reasons as I will be close to my daughter, who lives in Hamburg. Now I have to quickly get ready and repay Mainz with goals for their confidence in me.”
-Ivan Klasnić on Mainz signing
Klasnić was very close to signing for Turkish club Gaziantepspor, and then over the weekend was cited as a new player for Spanish team Deportiva. He still decided to go to Mainz, who, after two rounds of the Bundesliga have only registered one point.