Munich (dpa) - Former Bayern captain Philipp Lahm (37) recognizes Joshua Kimmich (25) in the central midfield as an exceptional international player.

“Now that he's established, it's important to identify him with a position and to develop into a world-class player in that position.

With Joshua I see this possibility in the central midfield, "Lahm said in an interview with the" kicker "(Monday).

“Fast players have always been used on the outside lane.

This trend is increasing, coupled with a strong physique. "

Kimmich is often compared to the 2014 world champion captain.

Lahm, too, was initially called up mostly as a right defender.

Pep Guardiola and national coach Joachim Löw also recognized enormous potential in the central defensive midfield.

"It's a blessing for Joshua," said Lahm, commenting on Kimmich's versatility.

«It was Pep Guardiola who threw him in the deep end and used him in a wide variety of positions.

As a result, he gained experience at the very highest level and was able to develop. "


Kimmich is now in the midfield of the German soccer champions FC Bayern under Hansi Flick and also in the national team.

Löw made Kimmich the right defender and successor of Lahm at the EM 2016 and finally sixth in the national team after the messed up World Cup 2018.

These developments were repeated in the club.

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