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Philipp Lahm announces end of playing career

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm has announced he will retire as a player at the end of the current campaign. "I'm going to stop playing football at the end of the season," the FC Bayern  youth product confirmed following his team's 1-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg in Tuesday evening's DFB Cup Round of 16 tie.

"More than a year ago I started checking and questioning myself from day to day and week to week. I'm certain I'll maintain peak form through to the end of the season. I can manage that until the end of the campaign, but not beyond it," the Munich-born player continued.

With regard to a potential future in the FC Bayern management team the 33-year-old, whose contract is scheduled to expire on 30 June 2018, commented: “There were talks, and in the end I decided it's not the right time for me to take up a new position at FC Bayern.”

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