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Bayern Munich appear very close to agreeing a new deal which will keep full back Philipp Lahm at the club, in a move that will no doubt disappoint FC Barcelona and other suitors.
German international full back Philipp Lahm is set to agree to a contractual deal extension at the Allianz Arena, which will keep him at the club beyond the 2009, when his current deal expires.
Lahm admitted to the MÃ¼nchner Tageszeitung that negotiations with the club were close to a conclusion.
â€œDiscussions have been ongoing this week with Uli HoeneÃŸ. I can well imagine that we will come to an agreement early next weekâ€ Lahm explained.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also admitted that he has a good feeling following the negotiations with Lahm and is sure the player will be remaining at Bayern for the foreseeable future. â€œWe are on course for a satisfactory and fair conclusionâ€ Rummenigge admitted.
The news will come as a blow to the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United, who were linked with the 24 year old defender. Barca were the main club tipped with a move for Lahm after declaring their interest a few weeks ago.
Lahm himself has always said that he would like to play abroad at another European club, but that looks like it will have to wait as he commits the next few seasons to Bayern under the new regime of JÃ¼rgen Klinsmann.
â€œI telephoned him a few weeks agoâ€ said Lahm. â€œAnd he assured me that I was going to be a key part of his defence.â€