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Lahm, Muller extend Bayern deals

11 June 2014 08:51

Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller have signed two-year extensions to their contracts with Bayern Munich.

Captain Lahm is now contracted to the Bundesliga champions until June 2018, while versatile attacker Muller - whose future had been the subject of much speculation - will remain at the Allianz Arena until June 2019.

Both players came through the youth ranks at Bayern, and the club's chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his delight at the home-grown duo's decisions to stay put.

"Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller are very important building blocks of FC Bayern," Rummenigge told the club's official website.

"Both have remained loyal to the club since the start of their careers and will play a major role in the future.

"We are very happy that both players have chosen the long term for Bayern Munich."

Germany skipper Lahm joined Bayern at the age of 11 and is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to end his career at the club.

"Both the club and my management have decided to pursue talks since the time appeared good for a contract extension," said the 30-year-old.

"It is definitely my last contract, I'm going to finish my career at Bayern. That was always my wish - I am very glad and happy."

Muller had been linked with a move away from Bavaria, with incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal - a former Bayern boss - reportedly keen to take him to Old Trafford.

However, the 24-year-old has now committed his future to Bayern - something he says makes him "very happy".

"There were some good discussions with the leaders of the association, who made me realise that I am in the right place here," Muller said.

"I have the feeling to be an important part of the plans of the association. Bayern Munich has been my club since 2000, and it will remain so in the coming years."

Lahm and Muller are currently away with Germany's FIFA World Cup squad, with both seen as crucial members of coach Joachim Low's starting XI.

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