Loew holds clear the air talks with Lahm

30 August 2011 05:00

Germany coach Joachim Loew has held clear the air talks with Philipp Lahm following critical comments the national side's captain made about key figures in the game.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper caused a stir with public attacks on former Germany managers like Rudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann, Louis van Gaal and Felix Magath in his recently published autobiography.

Lahm however survived being stripped of the German captaincy, and has apologised for the observations in his book, The Subtle Difference.

Loew appeared alongside Lahm at a press conference in Dusseldorf on Tuesday saying: "Last night we held a discussion on the matter to find out why certain things were written.

"I told him that I wasn't very happy that he had made public things about players and managers.

"But there was never any question of taking away his captaincy."

In a statement last week Lahm said: "Of course, I did not want to attack or offend Rudi Voeller, Jurgen Klinsmann and other people (mentioned in the book).

"Rather I wanted, as is clear from reading my book, to portray my honest opinion about the work under different coaches and at different times."

Lahm took over the helm of the Germany side in 2010, leading them to third place at the World Cup in South Africa.

Source: AFP