Bayern Munich have revealed they’re not quite happy with Philipp Lahm’s decision to go public with his retirement.
The 33-year-old announced his decision to retire at the end of the season after the DFB-Pokal match against Wolfsburg and also rejected a chance to be the club’s new sporting director.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did not see Lahm announcing the decision alone, as he expected them to make a joint statement.
“Bayern Munich are surprised by the approach of Philipp Lahm and his adviser,” read a statement from Rummenigge.
“Uli Hoeness and I have held open, intensive and constructive talks with Philipp in recent months about a possible position as sporting director of our club. At the end of last week, he informed us that he is currently not available for such a position and that he would like an early termination of his player contract, which runs until June 2018, at the end of the current season.
“Until Tuesday we assumed that there would be a joint announcement on this decision by Philipp Lahm and Bayern Munich.
“Philipp Lahm has been an important player for Bayern Munich for over a decade. We are convinced that our captain will now concentrate fully with the team on the tough upcoming tasks in the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal. We would like to make clear that the door will always remain open for Philipp at Bayern.”
Bayern president Hoeness, meanwhile, said there was no hard feelings despite Lahm’s stance.
“The door will always be open to Philipp Lahm. I can imagine him working at Bayern one day,” Hoeness told WAZ.
“Philipp deserves our utmost respect.
“We are not disappointed with his decision, just surprised. We were in no rush. He could have started as sporting director as per January 1, 2018. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge outlined what we expected from him.”
“I wanted to stick to what we had agreed and calmly discuss how we would go public first. We were not interested in announcing it this early,” Hoeness added.
“But the surprise announcement of his retirement is just a detail and does not change anything.
“Philipp told Rummenigge about it on Friday. But it makes no sense to go public before important games. We faced Schalke on Saturday, there was a supervisory board meeting on Monday and then the next game on Tuesday. We wanted to discuss our course of action on Wednesday.”