Bayern captain Lahm says he's retiring at end of season

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm will hang up his boots at the end of the season, The Guardian reported.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup victor Philipp Lahm, who still has a contract until 2018, has chose to call time on his illustrious career one year earlier than planned.

Lahm attempted to provide some clarity by making a Twitter statement on Thursday, which read: "Having had a day to process my decision, I would like to share some more detailed thoughts regarding the choice to end my football career this summer".

"I have decided that it is not the right moment yet to take the job as sporting director".

Philipp Lahm was expected to be a Bayern Munich man for life but he'll end his career with an unexpected twist.

However, Lahm's decision to reject the sporting-director role shocked Bayern Munich.

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"Until yesterday we were expecting to issue a joint statement from Philipp Lahm and Bayern Munich". I'm capable of this until the end of the season. Furthermore, after Bernd Schneider's substitution during the second half, Lahm took the captain's armband for the first time and helped the Nationalmannschaft become the first team to win at the new Wembley Stadium. Thus far, he's made 501 appearances for Bayern.

"I have told the club I will stop playing at the end of the season".

"More than a year ago, I started asking myself from day to day and week to week".

Lahm is aiming to win a record eighth Bundesliga title this season.

The full-back, who was later moulded into a holding midfielder, has played over 500 games for the German champions since coming through their youth team ranks, captaining them to Champions League glory and leading his country to the World Cup triumph in 2014.

  • Tabitha Byrd