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The 37-year-old custodian is preparing to bring the curtains down on his career and has stated that hoisting Europe's most coveted club trophy would be a glorious send-off

By Maximilian Bensinger

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Hans-Jorg Butt has declared that winning the Champions League on May 19 would be the perfect farewell to his career.

The veteran has already announced plans to retire at the end of the season and with the Bavarians set to face Chelsea in the final of Europe's elite club competition at their own Allianz Arena, Butt is hoping for a triumphant swan song.

"My career is still not over, there are three weeks left until the season finale. We need to maintain our full focus. I always wanted to finish at the highest level and if we were to win the [Champions League] cup on May 19, it would be the perfect farewell," the 37-year-old exclusively told

Butt started in the 2-0 win over Stuttgart at the weekend, and the keeper believes that will be his last competitive match. Regular custodian Manuel Neuer is expected to play in the final games of the season to stay in form ahead of the Champions League final.

"I do not expect to play against Koln. It's certainly important for Manu [Neuer] so that he is prepared in the box."

The shot-stopper then spoke of his new role at the end of the season as he takes on coaching responsibilities in Bayern's youth ranks.

"The end of my career has not been abrupt, I've been able to prepare myself. I'll move on immediately after the season. I'm really looking forward to my new job and I will always remember the great four years I've had here as a player," he added.

Butt concluded by giving his career highlights, which began in 1994 at Oldenburg, and included a trip to the 2010 World Cup where he started in Germanny's third-place play-off win against Uruguay.

"For me personally, the beginning of my career with the rise of Oldenburg is also a very important success," he said.

"My time at Hamburg, with qualification for the Champions League and the legendary 4-4 draw against Juventus, is still in my head. In addition, of course, the World Cup. The year 2010 was something special."