Bayern Munich captain Phillip Lahm had told Sport Bild that he could retire at the end of the 2016-17 season. Lahm’s current deal expires in 2018 and has vowed to hang up his boots prior to the 2018 World Cup.
The Bayern Munich right-back told Sport Bild the following:
"Of course, retiring at the end of this season is something you can ponder," Lahm said. "I cannot rule that out. I already said nine months ago that I could retire in 2017 and this has not changed. The season still has seven months or so to go and a lot can happen in that time."
Lahm has won the Bundesliga eight times, the DFB Pokal seven times, the DFL-Supercup three times, the DFL-Ligapokal, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup with the Rekordmeister. Lahm also won the 2014 World Cup with Die Mannschaft in Brazil.
"My future does not depend on how many titles we win, it depends on how my body feels, and then I will make a decision on my future,"Lahm continued. "Iwant to be able to keep acting at the highest level and recognize when the time has come to retire. But I still have a contract until 2018, so I am in no rush to make a decision."
When Lahm retires, Bayern Munich are very well prepared, they can either buy someone in the transfer market or they can put Joshua Kimmich at right back where he plays for Germany. Kimmich currently plays in midfield for Bayern Munich.