Following Philipp Lahm's announcement of his decision to retire at the end of the season, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has claimed that Joshua Kimmich would be an excellent replacement for the veteran as the team's first-choice right back next season.

​Lahm revealed earlier in the week that he plans to finish his career in June, having made 321 appearances for Bayern since his debut in 2002.

​The 33-year old has won an array of trophies at the club and also has 113 caps for Germany in what has been a glittering career.

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As the club prepares for a future without Lahm, the Bayern chairman has stated his belief in the potential of 22-year old Joshua Kimmich even though the youngster prefers to play in midfield.


"Joshua Kimmich is the right-back of the German national team at the moment," Rummenigge told Bild. "And Joshua is a Bayern player...

"I think he already showed at Euro 2016 that he has a lot of quality and that he can play at right-back. Of course, it is Carlo Ancelotti's decision in the end whether he uses him in midfield or as a right back.

"But I think Joshua is clearly an option for us in that position, even if it is not easy to replace Lahm."

​Kimmich has already made 39 appearances for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich since arriving from RB Leipzig in 2015 and is highly-rated in Carlo Ancelloti's future plans.

​He already has 11 caps for Germany, having also impressed at the 2016 European Championships, where Germany went out in the semi-finals to France.