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Lahm: Bayern Munich captain in line for sporting director role

Bayern skipper Philipp Lahm has been linked with a move upstairs to fill the vacancy left by former incumbent Matthias Sammer.

Lahm: Bayern Munich captain in line for sporting director role
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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hinted ex-Germany captain Philipp Lahm will fill the vacant sporting director job at the Bavarian giants, probably for next season.

"We have someone at the back of our minds..."

"We all know that a sports manager is also needed at Bayern," said Rummenigge after Uli Hoeness was re-elected as Bayern's president on Friday at the club's annual general meeting.

"We will have one in the not-too-distant future," he continued. "We have someone at the back of our minds, but he still has to play football at the moment."

Lahm has hinted at end-of-season retirement

Lahm, Germany's World Cup-winning captain in 2014, has a Bayern contract until June 2018. The defender, who joined Bayern as an 11-year-old in 1995, suggested this month that he may retire from all football at the end of this season.

The 33-year-old has also said in interviews that he can imagine moving into management with Bayern.

The club has been without a sporting director since Matthias Sammer stood down this year on health grounds after suffering from a "minute circulatory disorder in the brain", according to the club.

Lahm with the Champions League trophy in 2013.

Rummenigge has "complete confidence" in Ancelotti

Meanwhile, Rummenigge says he has "complete confidence" in coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Last weekend, Bayern were knocked off the top of the Bundesliga table for the first time since September 2014 having lost 1-0 at Borussia Dortmund.

They host Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday night and are winless in their last three games, for the second time this season under Ancelotti, following Wednesday's 3-2 defeat at Rostov.

That Champions League reverse means they will finish second in their group behind Atlético Madrid.

Having won the German title at a canter for the last four seasons, Bayern are in the unusual situation of being second behind new leaders RB Leipzig, who beat Freiburg 4-1 on Friday.