Kimmich backed to succeed Lahm by Rummenigge

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The 22-year-old could be the man to fill the German legend's boots at the Allianz Arena when the versatile full-back retires at the end of the season

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Joshua Kimmich is the ideal candidate to succeed Philipp Lahm as the club's right-back next season.

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Lahm recently announced that he will retire from professional football at the end of the 2016-17 campaign after over 500 appearances in all competitions for the club.

Bayern have already secured the services of Sebastian Rudy from Hoffenheim for next term as a potential replacement, but Rummenigge feels Kimmich is perfect for the job as well, even if the 22-year-old himself prefers a role 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...

Joshua Kimmich Bayern Munich

"I think he already showed at Euro 2016 that he has a lot of quality and that he can play at right-back.

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"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."

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