Kimmich ready to assume Lahm mantle

Joshua Kimmich is determined to make a name for himself at FC Bayern Munchen as he prepares to fill the right-back role vacated by German icon Philipp Lahm.

The 22-year-old has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with the Bavarian giants since his arrival from RB Leipzig in 2015, but only managed 15 league starts in each of his first two seasons at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern head coach Carlo Ancelotti deployed Kimmich in a number of positions in both defence and midfield last term, although he’ll be lining up at right-back when the new campaign gets underway in the post-Lahm era.

The Germany international is well aware of the sizeable boots he has to fill following the retirement of the club captain, but aims to become a household name too in the years to come.

“Carlo Ancelotti knows what I can do and that I can play in a variety of roles,” Kimmich told the official Bundesliga website while on international duty at the Confederations Cup in Russia.

“I wasn’t entirely happy with how things went this season, but now I want to be playing regularly.

“As for me, well Philipp was obviously a legend and there are plenty of things I can take from him, but I would also like to do things my own way. It is my clear aim to make a name for myself at Bayern.”

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