Bayern Munich captain and Germany legend Philipp Lahm has hinted that he could retire from football in the summer of 2017. The German international suggested that his decision will be purely base on how his body reacts.
Apart from a two-year loan spell at Stuttgart between 2003-05, the Bayern Munich skipper has spent 11 years at the Allianz Arena and has won all possible trophies with the Germain giants, most notably the Bundesliga eight times, the DFB Pokal on seven occasions and the UEFA Champions League once.
The Bavarian legend retired from international football after winning the 2014 World cup in Brazil as Germany’s skipper and now the Right-back has admitted that the summer of 2017 could be the end of his time in the game as a whole. Lahm who will celebrate his 33rd birthday on Friday is under contract with Bayern Munich until 2018, previously suggested that he would call it a day when his current deal ends.
“Of course you can ask the question,” Lahm reacted when he was asked about his playing longevity. “I wouldn’t rule it out.”
“I said nine months ago that this could occur. Nothing has changed since. A lot can happen, there’s still seven months of the season remaining. But my decision isn’t dependent on winning titles at the end of the season. I’ll see how my body feels and then decide what to do. I want to compete at the highest possible level and judge the right time to end my career,” he further added.
The former Germany captain also said that he is under contract till 2018, so everything is still in place. “There’s no need to rush a decision,” Lahm said.
Lahm has been rotated by Carlo Ancelotti this term and has played in six out of ten league matches.
After retirement, the Bayern Munich defender could take the place of the team’s sporting director Matthias Sammer who left the role in July due to illness.
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