Bay­ern’s cap­tain Lahm drops re­tire­ment hint

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Philipp Lahm, Ger­many’s World Cup-win­ning cap­tain and Bay­ern Mu­nich’s cur­rent skip­per, hinted that he may re­tire from foot­ball at the end of the sea­son.

Lahm stepped down from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball af­ter lead­ing Ger­many to the 2014 World Cup and has a Bay­ern con­tract un­til 2018, but ad­mit­ted he might hang up his boots in June 2017.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Lahm, who turns 33 on Friday, told mag­a­zine Sport Bild. “I said nine months ago that it could hap­pen and noth­ing has changed since then.

“I want to be able to mea­sure my­self at the very high­est level and to recog­nise when it is the right time to end my ca­reer.” Lahm has won ev­ery pos­si­ble do­mes­tic ma­jor ti­tle with Bay­ern, whom he first joined in 1995 as a 12-year-old.

He lifted the 2013 Cham­pi­ons League tro­phy and has also claimed seven Bun­desliga ti­tles, six Ger­man Cups and both the Club World Cup and UEFA Su­per Cup in 2013.

Bun­desliga lead­ers Bay­ern are on course to win a fifth straight Ger­man league ti­tle this sea­son, but Lahm says any fur­ther sil­ver­ware will not in­flu­ence his de­ci­sion.

“I def­i­nitely won’t make a de­ci­sion based on any ti­tles, more like how my body feels and then de­cide how to con­tinue,” he added. In the past, Lahm has said he wants to stay in foot­ball when his ca­reer is over and Bay­ern chair­man Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge has said they will find a role for him when he fi­nally re­tires. —AFP

CLEVE­LAND: Cleve­land Cava­liers’ LeBron James, right, spins to­wards the bas­ket as At­lanta Hawks’ Thabo Se­folosha (25) de­fends dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Cleve­land, Tues­day. The Hawks won 110-106. — AP

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