Bayern President Hoeness Warns Lahm Against Early Retirement

By Adebayo Williams

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has warned defender Philipp Lahm to reconsider his decision to retire early. The German giants’ defender, 33, has said that he hopes to retire from the game next year. Hoeness has said that he want to see the player complete his contract which runs till 2018. He, however, said that the player would remain at the club even after his retirement and could serve as the club’s sporting director.

“I would prefer Philipp Lahm to fulfil his contract as a player until June 30, 2018,” Hoeness, who was re-elected as club president last week, told Sport Bild.

“He is still an outstanding player that we need on the pitch. By 2018, we would have had enough time to look at the rest of the ways in which Philipp could be active within the club.”

Lahm retired from the German national team after the side’s 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil.

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