Joshua Kimmich has heard all of the comparisons to Philipp Lahm, but he's out to make his own name for Bayern Munich and Germany.
Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich has played down comparisons to club legend Philipp Lahm, insisting that he's his own player.
The 23-year-old was giving an extensive interview with the Guardian newspaper - as requested by himself - in which he impressively discussed a range of topics such as Lahm, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: "I always wanted to be me and not a Lahm clone or Lahm the second. Of course Philipp [Lahm] was a great player - even when he had a bad game he was still better than the others.
"There’s a higher consistency in his performances and you want to match that. But you want to play as your own person. People aren’t making the comparison as much any more and that’s better for me."
Kimmich can play as a fullback or holding midfielder, a position Lahm honed during his later years, but the youngster does actually go one better than his former teammate and can even play center back if needed.
It is as a holding midfielder that Kimmich enjoys playing the most though, despite looking solid anywhere on the pitch.
He added: "My favorite position is defensive midfield but now I have a great opportunity to have the same place in both teams. For Germany since the Euros I mainly play as a right defender but sometimes as a center back with three at the back.
"It was not always easy going back to your club as a midfielder. You can lose confidence when you’re not in the rhythm. But whatever position I play I try to fill it with my own style. I don’t only defend. I want to create chances and also maybe score."
The player, who recently signed a new deal with the Bavarians, has made 24 Bundesliga appearances this season with a further seven coming in the Champions League and although he may not like it, he is definitely showing all the makings one would expect of a 'next Philipp Lahm'.