Germany and Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm confirmed after the club’s game with Wolfsburg that he will retire at the end of the season.
Lahm, the 2014 World Cup winner made his 501st appearance for the Bundesliga giants at the Allianz Arena as they advanced to the quarter-finals of the German Cup after defeating Wolfsburg 1-0.
Speaking after the game, Lahm, who made his senior debut for the German side in 2002, admitted that he would not be able to keep playing at the top level after the end of the season.
“I will end my career at the end of season; I have informed club officials about my decision. I can continue with my leadership style, giving my best every day in training until the end of the season. I can keep doing it this season but not beyond”, he said.
The 33-year-old defender has been one of the best full-backs in the world for the better part of a decade before he moved into a midfield role in recent seasons with the reigning Bundesliga champions.
Lahm retired from international duty after he captained Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, came through Bayern’s ranks and he will be hoping to claim more titles with the side before he hangs up his boots. He has led the Bundesliga giants to many titles during his tenure as the club’s captain
The Bundesliga giants held a supervisory board meeting on Monday where they offered him the position. Lahm refused the role offered by the club. “There were talks, and in the end I decided it’s not the right time for me to take up a new position at Bayern”.