FC Bayern München and Germany utility-man Joshua Kimmich says he cannot be compared to former captain Phillip Lahm and wants to be seen as a unique upcoming talent for club and country.
The retirement of Lahm for Die Mannschaft after winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil left a major hole within the defence of Joachim Löw’s side, after a decade of service in midfield and defence – while racking up 113 caps.
And after joining Bayern as a 12-year-old, the diminutive defender won every major honour on offer in the 15 seasons with Die Roten’s first-team squad.
However, Kimmich has now stepped up – ironically being born in the same year his predecessor joined Bayern’s youth set-up in 1995.
Since arriving at the Allianz Arena from RB Leipzig for a reported €7 million two seasons ago, the 22-year-old has been an ever present figure in midfield and defence for club and country.
And his level of consistency along with his diminutive frame has sparked comparisons in German media to the legendary Lahm.
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“Philipp enjoyed a perfect career,” Kimmich told Sport Bild. “You can never replace a player like that like-for-like, but it’s also important for me to go my own way.
“I don’t want people to see me as a Philipp Lahm clone. I want to do things as Joshua Kimmich.”