MX23RW : Friday, January 18 08:16:09

Bayern Munich "surprised" by manner of Philipp Lahm's retirement announcement

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits that the club are "surprised" that Philipp Lahm announced his retirement on Tuesday night.

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that he and the club are "surprised" by Philipp Lahm's decision to announce his retirement on Tuesday night.

Rummenigge has claimed that there were talks of the club revealing the news in a joint statement with Lahm, but the 33-year-old decided to tell the media after Bayern's 1-0 win over Wolfsburg in the DFB-Pokal.

Lahm, who has won seven Bundesliga titles during his career, has opted to walk away from the sport at the end of the season, one year before his deal expires.

"Bayern Munich are surprised by the actions of Philipp Lahm and his advisor," BBC Sport quotes Rummenigge as saying. "Until yesterday we were expecting to issue a joint statement from Philipp Lahm and Bayern Munich.

"Uli Hoeness and myself had honest, intensive talks in the past months with Philipp about a potential involvement in the management of our club. We want to make it clear that the doors at Bayern Munich will remain open for Philipp."

The German World Cup winner spent 22 years with Bayern and went on to make more than 500 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.

As well as title success, Lahm won six DFB-Pokal trophies and reached the Champions League final three times, taking home the much-coveted crown in the 2012-13 campaign when Bayern defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley.


Click here for more stories about Philipp Lahm

Click here for more stories about Bayern Munich

Share this article now:
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm celebrates winning the Champions League at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013
Read Next:
Philipp Lahm 'to retire at end of season'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Borussia DortmundDortmund17133144182642
2Bayern Munich17113336181836
3Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach17103436181833
4RB Leipzig1794431171431
5Wolfsburg178452722528
6Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt1783634231127
7Hoffenheim176743223925
8Hertha Berlin176652627-124
9Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen177372629-324
10Werder Bremen176472829-122
11Freiburg175662125-421
12Mainz 05175661722-521
13Schalke 04Schalke175392024-418
14Fortuna DusseldorfDusseldorf175391933-1418
15Augsburg173682529-415
16Stuttgart1742111235-2314
17Hannover1725101735-1811
18Nuremberg1725101438-2411

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account