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Lahm ready for midfield role

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has stated that he wants to play in midfield for Germany.

The 30-year-old is primarily a right-back, but has been successfully deployed in a central midfield role by Bayern manager Pep Guardiola this season.

Injuries to Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira have left Germany coach Joachim Low short in the midfield department for their friendly international against Chile on Wednesday, and Lahm is ready to step up.

"I feel comfortable in that position," he told reporters on Tuesday. "It is something new, new situations in midfield and you face different situations from those as a full-back.

"I can imagine playing there in the coming weeks, months or years but I will always play where the coach thinks I am most needed.

"There are still a few months to go until the World Cup and we will see who is fit, who is injured and who is in form, and at the end of the day it is the coach who decides."