Munich - Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München have received a huge boost ahead of the 2014/15 campaign after confirming that club captain Philipp Lahm and forward Thomas Müller have each signed a two-year contract extension with the club.
Bayern’s 'building blocks'
Currently on international duty with the German national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the duo represent two of FC Bayern’s most successful homegrown talents, with Lahm’s new deal keeping him at the club until 30 June 2018 and Müller signing on until 30 June 2019.
Lahm has been one of the first names on the Bavarians' teamsheet for the best part of a decade, becoming the first FCB skipper to guide the team to an historic treble in 2012/13, while Müller, six years Lahm’s junior, represents another integral cog in the record titleholders’ machine, having scored 58 times in 158 league appearances since making his debut in August 2008. “Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller are both very important building blocks for FC Bayern,” explained club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “Both have remained loyal to the club from the beginning of their careers and will continue to play a significant role in the future. We’re delighted they’ve committed their long-term futures to FC Bayern München. Furthermore, I want to wish them a successful World Cup campaign in Brazil. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for both them and the German national team.”
Lahm: 'Last contract'
Lahm once again underlined his status as one of the world’s foremost professionals last season, lifting the domestic double for the
in his FC Bayern career during Pep Guardiola’s first year in charge, and will be hoping to add to his 18-trophy haul before hanging up his boots in Bavaria. “Both the club and my representatives felt it was the right time to discuss a contract extension,” said Lahm, who will be 34 when his new deal expires. “It will definitely be my last contract. I will end my career with FC Bayern. That was always my wish and I’m delighted I’ll be able to fulfill it.” Müller, meanwhile, was just as pleased to extend his time with the club he joined from TSV Pähl at the age of ten. “I’m really pleased to have been able to extend my contract until 2019 before the start of the World Cup,” claimed the experienced 24-year-old. “I had some great discussions with those in charge at the club and they made it clear that this was the place for me to be. FC Bayern München have been my team since 2000 and will remain so for years to come.”