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09th Sep 2015

Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm announces retirement plans

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Ben Kiely

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has revealed his retirement – despite the fact he’s still only 31 years old.

The defender, who called time on his international career last summer after lifting the World Cup as German captain, has announced his intention to retire from all football in 2018.

Having played over 400 games for Bayern, claiming seven Bundesliga titles and a Champions League trophy, Lahm has already earned himself legendary status in Munich.

However, he has decided that he is not going to play beyond the age of 34.

“Once again, it is most clear to me that I am going to finish [my career] in 2018,” Lahm told Sport Bild magazine.

“It’s good for me to be able to prepare for a definite date.”

“With the national team I prepared myself for my farewell, that is why I am still 100% behind the decision and have never regretted it.”

After taking “a few months off”, Lahm expects to return to Bayern “in some capacity”, but he admits it probably won’t be in a coaching role.