Philipp Lahm wants Pep Guardiola to stay at Bayern Munich

Pep Guardiola

The 31-year-old is big fan of what the Spanish coach has brought to the Bavarian club.

In the midst of an interview published by German outlet, Münchner Merkur, first-team captain Philipp Lahm expressed his hopes that Pep Guardiola will remain as manager at Bayern Munich, at least until he decides to hang up his boots, on what has been an illustrious career, enthusing: "Guardiola is super. I would like to end my playing career with him here at Bayern until 2018 at least."

Currently 31 years old, Lahm has previously indicated that 2018 is when he's likely to consider calling time on his playing days. Asked whether that's a fixed date in his mind now, he responded: "Basically, yes, although as I always say: Never say never."

Working alongside Guardiola, he's also seen a key change in his role, used more centrally with Bayern Munich in midfield, compared to previously playing out wide as a full-back or wing-back, although he has still played on the right on a couple of occasions this season.

The current contract former Barcelona boss Guardiola has at Bayern Munich, ties him to the Bavarian club until 2016, although there has been considerable uncertainty as to where his future lies beyond that, or even much sooner on the horizon.

As recently as the end of March, there have been suggestions in UK outlets such as the Express, claiming that Manchester City are set for talks with the Spanish coach, as a possible replacement for Manuel Pellegrini this summer.

Previously though, reports in the Guardian highlighted Guardiola firmly declaring his intention to stay with Bayern Munich, quoting the Spanish tactician as underlining: "Of course I'm going to fulfil my contract here at Bayern. I haven't had a contract offer [from any other club] and I'm not waiting for a contract offer from anyone else."

Despite additional suggestions that Qatar are lining up the Spaniard as future manager of their national team, ahead of the 2022 World Cup, one of Guardiola's former pupils, Xavi Hernandez, has since been linked as the most likely candidate, having agreed a move to Al-Sadd this summer, with an option on the table to coach with the Aspire Academy.

As such, it seems that until 2016 at least, Philipp Lahm will get his wish to continue working under the orders of Pep Guardiola. Whether the Spaniard extends his stay beyond then and until 2018, is still very much up for debate.

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