Bayern Munich hero Philipp Lahm has revealed that Manchester United made an “approach” for him in the past, but that he rejected them to stay with the Bavarians.
The Germany international is widely considered to be one of the club’s all-time greats and has captained his side to domestic domination over the course of the past few seasons.
Now 31, Lahm started his career as a full-back, but under the guidance of manager Pep Guardiola he’s moved into a central midfield position, making use of his passing abilities.
United signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern over the summer and were also linked with Thomas Muller, and the experienced Allianz Arena skipper has told Goal that he has had an offer on the table from the Premier League heavyweights in the past:
“As a player you always think about your options, and there was a time where Manchester United made an approach for me – and Barcelona looked at me too – so I considered life in England or Spain. The Premier League was an interesting possibility.
“But in the end I decided to stay in Germany. Bayern is my home town club and I thought good things could happen for the club, so I signed on for more years, and it proved to be the right decision.
“I felt we had the chance to win the Champions League, and I was right. I’d rather win it with my club, my home town team, than with any other. So England might have been nice – but I am glad I stayed in Germany.”
Lahm has enjoyed a great deal of success at international level, too, helping Germany to World Cup glory last summer.