Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has this evening confirmed that goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be the new captain of the club.
The captain’s armband had been up for grabs in Bavaria following the retirement of German legend Philipp Lahm, who had been at the club for a total of 22 years.
There were a number of names touted as potential replacements for Lahm as captain of Carlo Ancelloti’s side, with the likes of Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Thomas Muller and Arturo Vidal having all been mentioned.
However, the honour has instead been handed to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who joined the German champions from Schalke in 2o11.
Neuer has experience of captaining important sides, with the 31-year-old currently carrying out the same role for the German national team, having been lauded for his leadership qualities.
Speaking during the Bavarians’ tour of Asia, during which Thomas Muller has taken on the responsibility of captaining the Bundesliga side, former Bayern player and current Ceo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had the following to say regarding the decision to give the armband to Neuer for the upcoming season:
‘The number one is the number one – Manuel Neuer.’
‘This is a standup man, who will take over the (captain’s) armband from Philipp Lahm.’
‘He has developed very well with the national team – not just on, but also off the pitch.’