Bayern Legend Announces His Retirement
Philipp Lahm had played down claims he could retire at the end of the season with it anticipated he would play on for one more season until his contract ended before quitting in 2018.
However, the Bayern Munich legend confirmed his retirement decision on Tuesday meaning he'll leave with a year left on his Bavarians contract.
Bayern's captain - who retired from international duty with Germany after winning his 113th cap in the 2014 World Cup final win - confirmed his decision to retire following the 1-0 victory over Wolfsburg in the German Cup.
Lahm made his 501st appearance for Bayern in the victory on Tuesday with the academy graduate deciding the time was right. This was a decision he said had been pondered for the past year as he's not convinced he can maintain his high standards.
He told the Official Website.
'I'm going to stop playing football at the end of the season. More than a year ago I started checking and questioning myself from day to day and week to week. I'm certain I'll maintain peak form through to the end of the season. I can manage that until the end of the campaign, but not beyond it.'
Having spoken with the club it was agreed he could end his playing contract a year early and take up another role with Bayern.
'There were talks, and in the end I decided it's not the right time for me to take up a new position at FC Bayern.'
Since making his debut in 2002 the 33 year old has won the Bundesliga title on seven occasions as well as the Champions League. Lahm's also won the German cup six times with the full back looking to add one more of each to his collection before the end of the season.