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Guardiola: Football will miss Lahm - he is a special person in my life

Pep Guardiola has lavished praise on Philipp Lahm, hailing the retiring Bayern Munich stalwart as “a special person" in the Manchester City coach’s life.

Lahm announced this week that he will retire from football at the end of the season, bringing an end to a professional career that will have lasted almost 25 years when it comes to a close.

The 33-year-old World Cup winner has been at Bayern since 1995, winning seven Bundesliga titles as well as six DFB-Pokal crowns, while he has played in three Champions League finals – emerging victorious once.

Lahm was a key member of the Bayern squad during Guardiola’s time in the Bundesliga, and the two have spoken warmly of each other on several occasions.

When asked on Friday about Lahm’s contribution to the game in the wake of his announcement, Guardiola’s admiration shone through.

“Philipp was and is a special person in my life,” he said. “It is not easy for a Catalan guy to go to Munich after their treble and learn German and be involved in that culture. He helped me on and off the pitch. He is one of the most fantastic players I ever trained in my life and one of the most intelligent. Football is going to miss one of the best players ever.

“He can play in 10 positions, no problems because he understands the game perfectly. I know when I go back to Munich to see my friends he will be there. That is the most precious gift a trainer can have. It was a huge honour for me to be his manager.

“I am a little bit sad because I think in my heart he still has football in his legs but maybe not in his head and that’s why he is retiring.

“I wish him and his beautiful wife and son the best for the future and hopefully, as soon as possible, he can be involved in football because he is so necessary. An exceptional person and exceptional player, he was a delight.”

I can perhaps understand Mourinho not seeing a future for him in the first team, but the way he’s treating him is ridiculous. A world cup winner, multiple Bundesliga titles, captain of the national team and he can’t even play with the reserves!? I understand Mourinho is ruthless and demanding, but Schweini has been frozen out since he came back from holiday. If you don’t want him fine, get rid of him, but don’t let this drag on. Schweini does not deserve this!!!

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fc bayern reached the semi final of DFB pokal, the semi final of CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and WON BUNDESLIGA with a dead squad this year. half of our players were walking around with castes and special shoes and whatever while rest of the team destroyed one team after another to defend the bundesliga title and reach the semis of the other two competitions. trebles arent fucking cotton candy at a carnival. no one likes losing 4 games in a row but please show the players some respect for what they’ve done for us this year. and we are fc bayern. we always come back stronger!

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Bastian Schweinsteiger hints at Bayern stay

Bastian Schweinsteiger has suggested he plans to stay at Bayern Munich despite interest from Manchester United.

Schweinsteiger, 30, has one year remaining on his contract and has said he will hold talks with Bayern this summer to determine whether he will stay on or move to Old Trafford.

It now appears that he has decided to stay at Bayern as he targets a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title with the club at which he began his career.

“I would like to win the Champions League again and play as successfully as we did in the last few years,” he told Sport1. “We have been champions for three consecutive years and I believe that no team has won the title four years in a row. That is a motivation.”

Honorary Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer has said Schweinsteiger should stay at Bayern “for another year or two” before moving to America to play in Major League Soccer, but the Germany captain said: “I feel good and am ready to play the next three years at the top level. That is my aim.”

Schweinsteiger will turn 31 in August but does not think it has put him at a disadvantage, saying: “You gain experience year by year. You learn to judge situations and act on them.”

He said he remains determined to win more silverware, despite having added the 2014 World Cup to his long list of successes with Bayern, which include the 2013 Champions League.

“If you have won big titles like the Champions League or the World Cup, people tend to say you’re not hungry anymore, but that is absolutely not the case,” he said.

“Euro 2016 is a big goal for me and for the whole of Germany. These are the goals you work for.”