It will be a case of out with the old and in with the new at Bayern Munich next season, with Joshua Kimmich one man who seems set to benefit.

Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso called time on two of the most glittering careers in football and the huge voids they leave behind look to have been filled by one player who has looked comfortable in both positions, and who certainly has age on his side.

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Kimmich, 22, looks set to assume Lahm's right full-back role for the record champions next season, and he is thoroughly looking forward to the challenge of filling some of the largest size nines that have ever been pinned to the wall.

"Carlo Ancelotti knows what I can do and that I can play in a variety of roles," Kimmich said while on international duty with Germany at the Confederations Cup. "I wasn't entirely happy with how things went this season, but now I want to be playing regularly."

Pep Guardiola pinned his faith on Kimmich, even in his side's biggest matches of 2015/16. © gettyimages

Kimmich has done much of the ground work ever since Pep Guardiola lined him up behind Arturo Vidal and Sebastian Rode as Alonso was given a rest back in mid-September 2015. The versatile midfielder-turned-full-back has since entered the field of play 76 times, and never looked out of his depth, with just one defeat in his first 50 Bundesliga appearances.

He passed the acid test in February 2016 when, with a shortage of central defenders, Guardiola showed no hesitation in fielding Kimmich at the heart of his back four for both legs of his side's UEFA Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus. He held the fort in the Bundesliga too, featuring in nine wins and two draws during his spell as a more than adequate emergency cover. Indeed, when Guardiola decided it was time to give Kimmich a rest in March 2016, Bayern were beaten 2-1 by Mainz.

Carlo Ancelotti knows he can rely on Kimmich, no matter where he fields him. © imago / Sven Simon

Under Ancelotti, Kimmich has also played in a variety of positions, from midfield to defence, but it is in Lahm's full-back position where he is expected to add more stripes. Besides, Bayern are more than covered in advanced positions, thanks also to the arrival of one of Kimmich's new Germany team-mates Serge Gnabry and French midfielder Corentin Tolisso – aged 21 and 22 respectively.

"I know Serge already from my time with Stuttgart," Kimmich said. "I don't know Tolisso all that well yet, but I think we can look forward to having these two players. As for me, well Philipp was obviously a legend and there are plenty of things I can take from him, but I would also like to do things my own way.

"It is my clear aim to make a name for myself at Bayern."

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