Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has paid tribute to his retiring captain Phillip Lahm, claiming that he would like to coach "20 Philipp Lahms" if he could.
The Bayern stalwart has only three games left of his playing career and Ancelotti has said that the 33-year-old is one of the best he's ever worked with.
Speaking to ESPN ahead of the Bavarian side's weekend match against bottom of the league Darmstadt, Ancelotti opened up on his short time working with the captain:
"He's a great example for the others. He is the most professional player I have ever trained. If I had 20 Philipp Lahms I would have no problems."
"A manager is lucky to have a player like Philipp Lahm. We hope to find another."
Lahm secured his eighth Bundesliga title last weekend in Bayern's 6-0 win over Wolfsburg, but the side have failed to have as large a trophy haul as they would've liked this season - after missing out on the Champions League and the DFB Pokal.
Ancelotti has stressed his desire to address this problem in the summer, saying that he would like to meet with chief executive Karl-Heinz Rumenigge and discuss how they can fix it.
"We will speak at the end of the season, going over what happened together. Then we will speak about new players,"
Ancelotti also commented on Kingsley Coman, whom Bayern have recently signed on a permanent deal.
"He began the season injured and missed three months.
"He is a special player, and he will be really important for us in the future. I gave him his debut at 15 at PSG -- I know his quality."