Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm does not believe he will be able to maintain his high standards next year after announcing he will retire from football at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old has a year left on his contract with the defending Bundesliga champions but will walk away early - also saying he has rejected an offer from the club to become a sporting director.
He admits he has been considering his future for some time and will give his all for the rest of the campaign.
"I'm going to stop playing football at the end of the season," the FC Bayern youth product confirmed on the club's official website 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."
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Manchester City target Holger Badstuber has agreed to join Schalke on loan for the remainder of the season.
Bayern Munich defender Badstuber, who has struggled with injuries in recent years, worked under City boss Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.
Despite their working relationship, the Germany international has opted to moved to Bundesliga rivals Schalke.
Bayern Munich have announced their assistant manager Paul Clement will hold talks to become Swansea's new manager.
The Bundesliga champions confirmed the news in a statement on the club's website.
Co-coach Paul Clement has asked FC Bayern Munich to hold talks with Premier League club Swansea City about a commitment as head coach.
Bayern's head coach Carlo Ancelotti and the management board of FC Bayern Munich have fulfilled this wish.
Premier League bottom club Swansea hope to confirm the appointment of Clement before their Premier League game at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
The former Derby boss emerged as the Welsh club's number one target after Wales boss Chris Coleman turned down the opportunity to take over at his home town club.
Borussia Dortmund brought an end to Bayern Munich's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season with a 1-0 win on Saturday evening which moves them to within three points of their arch-rivals.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of an entertaining encounter in the 11th minute to earn Thomas Tuchel's men victory at the Westfalenstadion.
Bayern's first league defeat under Carlo Ancelotti means they now trail league leaders Leipzig by three points with three clubs, including Dortmund, just three points behind them.
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New Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti says he feels under not pressure after taking the reins at the Allianz Arena.
Ancelotti was speaking at his first press conference since replacing Pep Guardiola at the German champions.
Despite following in the footsteps of Guardiola, the Italian feels more than comfortable with what lies ahead.
A lot of people ask about the pressure - I am used to it.
I had the luck in my career of coaching top teams - AC Milan, Paris St Germain, Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid - all top teams who want to win, but honestly I don't feel the pressure because I'm used to it and I really love my job.
We try to do our best. I know that Bayern have a fantastic history in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. We try to do our best. We want to be competitive in all competitions.
The only thing that we cannot control is the result - if I could control that too I would be a magician, but I'm only a manager.
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