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Philipp Lahm 'glad to have rejected Premier League interest'

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm admits that he was glad that he turned down interest from the Premier League to remain with his hometown club five years ago.

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm has revealed that he turned down a host of Premier League suitors when he was considering his future with the Bavarians.

The German World Cup winner was said to be keen on leaving Bayern in 2009, with Manchester United one of a number of English teams believed to have made an approach.

However, Lahm decided to remain with the German outfit and has gone on to win three Bundesliga titles and the Champions League.

"I did think about England before that and there were some interesting possibilities," he told the Daily Mail.

"But Bayern are my hometown club and I was convinced we were on to a good thing again.

"I felt we had the chance to win the Champions League. I'd rather win it with my club than any other. Thankfully my decision turned out to be the right one."

Lahm retired from international duty after winning the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

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Philipp Lahm of Bayern Munich talks to the media prior to the UEFA Super Cup match between Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea FC at Stadion Eden on August 29, 2013
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