Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says he will return to Bayern after announcing his retirement much to the annoyance of the head honchos at Bayern.
The former Germany international announced he would retiring at the end of the season, a year sooner than his contract is expected to expire.
Bayern announced they didn’t expect Lahm to make the announcement alone, as they were going to release a joint statement.
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.
“Just as with my retirement from the national team, I trust my inner senses. As a captain, it’s very important for me to always deliver a top quality performance, and I realise that I won’t be able to do so beyond this season.
“I have been a player for FC Bayern since the age of 11. Except for two years in Stuttgart, I have always worn the FCB jersey. Therefore, it is clear for me, that I will be working together again with FCB at some point in the future.
“As you all know, I am a person who likes to be prepared – this is why I’d like to take a step back in order to reflect on football as a whole and think about how best to make use of my expertise and experiences.
“I always approached this decision with a lot of thought. In comparison to my resignation of the DFB team, this one will mean the completion of my football career. I am glad to state my decision to you and to bring some clarity to the situation.
“For now, my focus lies completely on the remaining games. Surely, I will experience them more consciously than ever, knowing they are my last.
“We are in the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup, we want to achieve the fifth consecutive championship in the league – and next week against Arsenal we will face a true performance benchmark. Huge goals and challenges ahead, so packmas [let’s do it]!”
Lahm has won seven Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokal crowns, the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his Bayern career.