FC Bayern München captain Phillip Lahm says the Bundesliga champions will inevitably face the difficult task of replacing a generation which largely shaped the club’s current status.
The 32-year-old, who has been plying his trade for the Bavarian giants his whole career, joins the list of players over the age of 30 whose contracts expire next year.
“It’s important that the club starts thinking about this at an early stage,” Lahm told Sport Bild. “What actually happens when these players gradually stop playing and leave? That is a huge task.
“There’ll be a new generation. These players have shaped Bayern and enjoyed tremendous success over the years. But Basti Schweinsteiger has already left while Arjen [Robben], Franck [Ribery], Xabi [Alonso] and I are not getting any younger.”
The defender, who boasts an impressive resume with Bayern having won seven league titles and six German Cups, has been touted to take over the sporting director role, which was vacated by Matthias Sammer in July due to illness.
“The club is close to my heart and I would like to stay involved,” Lahm added. “I get on really well with those in charge, so we’ll see what happens.”