MX23RW : Wednesday, January 16 00:47:57

Joshua Kimmich: 'I have to play'

Joshua Kimmich says that while it is "absolutely fantastic" to represent Bayern Munich, the Germany international wants regular first-team football next term.

Joshua Kimmich has admitted that while it is "absolutely fantastic" to represent Bayern Munich, the Germany international wants regular first-team football during the 2017-18 campaign.

Kimmich, 22, placed his Bayern future into doubt when he complained about a lack of opportunities last season, having started just 15 of his team's 38 Bundesliga matches during the 2016-17 campaign.

Philipp Lahm's retirement is expected to see Kimmich promoted to Bayern's first-choice right-back, however, and the German has revealed a desire to become one of the first names on the team sheet.

"In the last two years, I played more times than a number of people had," Kimmich told L'Equipe. "I think I've developed my game and Bayern are one of the best three clubs in the world.

"Few players have the chance to become part of this club. It's absolutely fantastic to be part of Bayern. What's important now is to play. And, for the moment, I prefer to play at right-back than to be on the bench.

"I'm playing as a midfielder at Bayern and right-back with the national team. Every two months, I have to get re-accustomed to the position. But my feelings as a right-back are getting better thanks to the time I spend with the national team."

Kimmich, who has previously been linked with Manchester United, has played a key role in Germany reaching the final of the Confederations Cup in Russia this summer.


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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

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