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Lahm confirms he will retire in 2018

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has confirmed he will be retiring from the game in 2018.

Lahm ended his international career after lifting the World Cup as captain of Germany last summer and he says he is not going to play beyond the age of 34.

Philipp Lahm is looking to end his career in 2018. Credit: PA

"Once again, it is most clear to me that I am going to finish [my career] in 2018," Lahm told Sport Bild magazine.

"It's good for me to be able to prepare for a definite date."


Bayern boss says Man City have best academy

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has praised Manchester City for their investment in youth.

The German believes the Premier League club has the best facilities in the world after opening their new City Football Academy last year.

City's youth policy has been questioned in recent times as the club have failed to bring through a notable player from their own ranks in recent years, but are hopeful the likes of Brandon Barker, Kean Bryan and Angus Gunn can progress.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge speaks highly of City's set-up. Credit: PA

"I've taken a look at Manchester City's youth academy and all I can say is it doesn't get any better than that," Rummenigge told the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

"I have also visited Tottenham's, Arsenal's and Chelsea's and it's the same wherever you go.

"I can tell you that the English are going all out, also in terms of youth development."

Bayern rejected huge bid for Man United target

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the German club rejected a 'very high' bid for forward Thomas Muller over the summer.

Premier League side Manchester United were constantly linked with the striker, but Rummenigge would not confirm the identity of the club in question.

Thomas Muller was the subject of interest from United over the summer. Credit: PA

"I'm talking about figures which were very high indeed," he said. "If I were a bank manager then I would have had to accept it.

"But as a football club we allowed ourselves to close the door on it, and this door is remaining closed. I can promise that to everybody.

"But one thing is for certain, in view of the increased television money in England things are not going to get any easier for Bayern in future."

Bayern to sell Dante to Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg have agreed a deal which will see Brazil defender Dante move to the Volkswagen Arena.

The 31-year-old centre-back is yet to undergo a medical with last season's Bundesliga runners-up after his transfer request was accepted by the defending champions.

Bayern wrote on Twitter: "Thank you for everything! @dante_bonfim will soon complete a transfer to Wolfsburg. #ThanksDante."


Guardiola: Man United signing has not been fit for years

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has cast doubt on the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger, saying he hasn't been fit for three years.

The German midfielder, who moved to Old Trafford in the summer, played 33 times last season for club and country but Catalan Guardiola is not convinced about his longevity.

Bastian Schweinsteiger could be a key play at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

"When he does not have injury problems, I am completely convinced he will do very well at Manchester United. He is a top, top player," the Bayern boss said of the 31-year-old.

"Unfortunately, during the last three years he was never in good condition. He is going to play really well there (at United). I really hope that is going to happen."

Man United target Muller offered Bayern job for life

Muller has been linked with a move to Manchester United. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has offered Thomas Muller a job for life at the record German champions.

Muller has been linked with a move to Manchester United but Rummenigge does not expect the Germany international ever to want to leave the Bavarian club and has therefore offered him a position after he hangs up his boots.

"I get the feeling that Thomas will never leave FC Bayern," Rummenigge told Sport Bild magazine.

"And when Thomas does call it a day, we would also like to keep him as part of the club."

There had been fears that Muller might follow Bastian Schweinsteiger to United for a reported 100 million euro, but Rummenigge said last week that he is not entertaining that idea, adding that the 25-year-old is priceless.

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