Lahm puts future on hold

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Philipp Lahm is putting any talk of his future on hold until after the World Cup, following reports Chelsea want the Bayern Munich full back.

Speculation has claimed Premiership champions Chelsea are plotting a big-money bid for the Germany international.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho appears to be in the market for a left back, having expressed a desire to sign Real Madrid veteran Roberto Carlos.

But Mourinho is also looking into younger alternatives, with the 22-year-old Lahm emerging as a possible target.

Lahm established himself in the Bayern team last season after spending the previous two campaigns on loan at Stuttgart.

He has also overcome two lengthy absences due to injury and has enjoyed a fine start to the World Cup in his homeland.

The defender scored a stunning goal in Germany's 4-2 victory over Costa Rica in the tournament's opening game and also impressed in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Poland.

However, he is trying to distance himself from the transfer rumours and will not discuss his future until the close of the World Cup.

"This is the World Cup and that's the only thing I'm interested in," Lahm told Bild.

"I'm not thinking about what will happen afterwards."

Bayern have already stressed their determination to keep hold of Lahm and club director Karl Hopfner reiterated that stance.

Hopfner said: "We don't want to sell Philipp Lahm. We still need him."