Bayern Reveal Lahm Surprise
Philipp Lahm's decision to announce his retirement at the end of the season has taken Bayern Munich by surprise.
Bayern legend Lahm confirmed his decision to retire at the end of the current season - ahead of the scheduled end of his contract - after the German Cup win over Wolfsburg on Tuesday. This has seen Karl-Heinz Rummenigge express his 'surprise' at the timing of the 33 year olds announcement.
As far as Bayern were concerned a joint statement would be issued when a definitive decision had been made regarding the future role of Lahm. The club also confirmed he had turned down a role as sporting director.
Rummenigge's statement issued via Official Website read.
'FC Bayern München is surprised by the approach of Philipp Lahm and his adviser. Uli Hoeness and I have held open, intensive and constructive talks with Philipp in recent months about a possible position as sporting director of our club. At the end of last week, he informed us that he is currently not available for such a position and that he would like an early termination of his player contract, which runs until June 2018, at the end of the current season.'
This statement went on to confirm a 'joint announcement on this decision' was anticipated at an appropriate time.
However, Lahm has been backed to continue as captain and be fully focused on the remainder of the season as Bayern aim to secure another Bundesliga title, Champions League trophy and DFB Cup success.
Lahm might have turned down the sporting director role but the Bayern door is always open to him. The Bavarians' statement concluded.
'Philipp Lahm has been an important player for FC Bayern München for over a decade. We are convinced that our captain will now concentrate fully with the team on the tough upcoming tasks in the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB Cup. We would like to make clear that the door will always remain open for Philipp at FC Bayern München.'