• Bayern have complied with Sammer's wishes to step down as sporting director.
  • The Bavarians have won ten titles during Sammer's tenure.
  • Sammer's contract was due to run out in 2018.

FC Bayern München and sporting director Matthias Sammer have parted ways by mutual consent, the club have announced.

"Matthias Sammer has requested FC Bayern München release him from his position as sporting director. FC Bayern have complied with these wishes," read a statement on the club's official website.  

Sammer took over the role in July 2012 and has been an integral part of Bayern's hierarchy during the most successful period in the club's history, during which they won four Bundesliga titles, three DFB Cup titles, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Supercup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Sammer has overseen the signings of several top stars, including Arturo Vidal (l.), during his four years with the club. © gettyimages / Beier

“I'd like to thank FC Bayern München and the people with whom I had the pleasure to work for a fantastic time and for understanding my decision," Sammer said on "In this period the team have won ten major titles with an enormous dominance and consistency. It was an unbelievable experience. For the time being I also say goodbye to you, to the fans and all those who have accompanied me. It was an honour. Servus!”

Sammer missed the back end of the 2015/16 campaign after being diagnosed with a “tiny circulatory disorder of the brain" in April 2016, but despite his health being "restored", the former European champion has decided to step down from his position. Sammer's contract was due to run out in 2018.