OFFICIAL: Lahm announces end to playing career

Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich captain, to retire from playing at end of season.

Report spread on Tuesday afternoon that the versatile German defender was considering his future and could walk away from the sport at the end of the year, which Lahm has now confirmed to be accurate.
The 33-year-old said after Munich’s 1-0 win over Wolfsburg: “I will quit at the end of the season. I think this is the right point in time to leave this summer.”
Lahm also confirmed that he would not be staying with the Bavarian giants in any capacity having previously been linked with taking over the club’s sporting director position at the end of his playing days.
Lahm added: “I won’t take over the sporting director job. I have decided that it’s not the right time for that”
Minus a loan spell with Stuttgart Lahm has spent his entire career with Bayern Munich, making over 500 appearances in all competitions for the club.
The full-back has helped the club to win seven Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals and one Champions League trophy.
Lahm also won the 2014 World Cup with Germany in Brazil, and will leave football at just 33 after 16 years as a professional player.

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