Kahn to train with Bayern - but won't play

July 23, 2008

Former Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will train with the Bavarians once again, but the 39-year-old insists a playing comeback is out of the question.

Kahn met up with his former team-mates at the club's open day at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday while shooting an advertisement, and was invited back to the club to keep him fit for the final game of his career.

The veteran will pull on the Bayern shirt one last time in a testimonial against the Germany national team on September 2 and will be welcomed back with open arms to the club's training facilities in preparation for that game.

'I will take part in the odd training session, but won't be going there four weeks before the match,' he revealed.

'I just hope I get picked,' he added, alluding to the fact new Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann was the man who dropped him as Gemany's number one ahead of the 2006 World Cup.

But there were no hard feelings as the two met again on Tuesday.

'You cannot make the error of being caught forever in the past. Life goes on,' Kahn said in the Bild newspaper. 'Jurgen and I have a normal, professional relationship.'

Kahn is predicting a bright future for Klinsmann's Bayern and believes they could well win the Champions League next season.

'You cannot take the UEFA Cup as a signpost,' he said. 'The Champions League is different and the team will play differently in that. Why not Rome? Everything is possible, even the final.

'Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger have taken steps forward recently and the whole team has developed. I think FC Bayern can go very far.'

Kahn was part of the Bayern team which last won the Champions League in 2001 and won eight Bundesliga titles during his time with the club.