Philipp Lahm, the captain at Bayern Munich, has confirmed that he is intending to retire at the end of this season.
The news was reported first earlier this week and Lahm confirmed it after his team’s 1 – 0 win over Wolfsburg.
Speaking to reporters he said, “I’ve told the Bayern officials that I’m retiring from playing at the end of the season. I see my style of leadership in the way that I give my best every day, in training and in every game. I think I’m capable of doing that until the end of the season but no longer than that.”
He insisted that he was capable of playing at his best until the end of the season but isn’t confident he can continue any further.
— Philipp Lahm (@philipplahm) February 7, 2017
In his final few months he will be aiming for a record-equalling eighth Bundesliga title after he made his 500th club appearance last weekend against Schalke.
His contract actually lasts until 2018 but in November he began to talk about leaving earlier than that.
It seems that until recently Lahm had kept his plans private as both the club president, Uli Hoeness, and coach, Carlo Ancelotti, seemed unaware of his intentions. This summer Ancelotti said, “I hope that that he’ll continue, if he is able to play like tonight, he was the best player on the pitch. I hope that he can continue, he is really helpful to us”.
After the 2014 win in Brazil Lahm retired from international football. He has been tipped to take over as Bayern’s sporting director when he stops playing, a role which has been empty since Matthias Sammer left in July due to illness. However, Lahm has reportedly turned down the job and will be taking a break from football.