Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has confirmed he plans to retire at the end of the season.
German publication SportBild reported the news just before Bayern’s DFB Pokal game on Tuesday, and Lahm said it was true after his side’s 1-0 win over Wolfsburg.
“I’ve told the Bayern officials that I’m retiring from playing at the end of the season,” he told reporters. “I see my style of leadership in the way that I give my best every day, in training and in every game. I think I’m capable of doing that until the end of the season but no longer than that.
“Therefore it’s clear to me that I’m going to retire. I said over a year ago that you’ve got to always check and ask yourself, how are you training and how you are feeling.
“I’m sure that I can deliver top performances until the end of the season, but no longer than that.”
In his final few months, Lahm is aiming for a record-equalling eighth Bundesliga title after earning his 500th club appearance on Saturday against Schalke.
The 33-year-old is under contract with the Bavarians until 2018 but the Munich-born defender told SportBild in November he wouldn’t rule out quitting a year ahead of schedule.