Kimmich deflects Rummenigge praise

FC Bayern München utility-man Joshua Kimmich says he is pleased with finally winning the ‘trust’ of the club to be played in important fixtures.

Kimmich, 22, joined Bayern in 2015 for a reported fee of €7-million after excelling in the third tier and second tier of German football with RB Leipzig.

Arriving at the club as a promising ball-winning-midfielder midfielder, Kimmich has shown his willingness to learn within his new surrounding and adapt to different roles and positions – which has seen him earmarked as the next Phillip Lahm.

Within the past three years, the former Stuttgart youth product has cemented his place within the Germany national team and with Die Roten, with the former World Cup-winning captain Lahm hanging up his boots last season.

Bayern Executive Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently lavished praise on Kimmich, claiming his development is further along than their former skipper when they were the same age – as Lahm only made a handful of first-team appearances.

“It’s not easy to speak about your own performances,” Kimmich told reporters after the 1-0 win over Hamburg. “But I’m very happy that I’ve played every minute so far this season, before the Hamburg game.”

“The season before, I didn’t play so often, and I didn’t play in the important games. Now I do, and I want to pay back [the trust] with good performances.”

Kimmich has scored 12 goals and registered a further ten assists in 90 games for the Bundesliga Champions.