Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm reveals he hopes to continue on at the club in a non-playing role once he hangs up his boots in the future.
Lahm has previously stated his intention to retire once his current deal expires in June 2018.
The 32-year-old has been on the Bavarians books for the entirety of his professional career, having come through the youth system and he is eager to extend his association with the club beyond his days as a player.
He did, however, spend three seasons on loan at Stuttgart between 2003 and 2005.
"Last week was the first time I discussed the subject with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge," he told Suddeutsche Zeitung. "I've always said that I would like to stay with FC Bayern.
Early indications suggest he is being groomed to fill the sporting director role that has been left vacant since Matthias Sammer stood donw early this year.
"For me it is a further training," he said. "I learn something new to know about the distribution.
"For this, the numbers are coming. I always get reports on how it runs.
"This is very interesting for me. It does not hurt to be independent."