Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern Munich chairman, has given his backing to Philipp Lahm to become the team’s sporting director when he retires from playing.

Last week Lahm, 33, suggested that he may retire at the end of this season, a year earlier than expected.

Since Matthias Sammer left the position due to health reasons just before the start of the season the team has been without a sporting director. However, Rummenigge has said that he believes Lahm would be an ideal candidate for the job.

Speaking to Sky Sports News he said, “I can definitely see a case for the next sporting director being a member of the current team. Philipp Lahm for example. Philipp is an important player and a very good captain, who’s developed himself very well as a person away from football.”

Rummenigge also revealed that he is in talks with a number of other players in order to keep them with the team beyond the end of their contracts.

At the end of the season Xabi Alonso, Holger Badstuber, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery could potentially leave while Robert Lewandowski is reportedly about to sign a contract extension beyond 2019.

Rummenigge has said that he is in talks with all of the players and will make an announcement as soon as it is possible. However, he said that he thinks all of them are inclined to stay with the team.

Nonetheless, he said that there is no rush and the team isn’t looking to find a solution in the next few days. He said that there is mutual respect between all parties involved and that he is sure that “at the end of the day” they will reach an agreement.