Hearts youngster Aaron Hickey can become the new Philipp Lahm if he joins Bayern Munich.

That's according to his old Hearts boss Daniel Stendel, who has full belief the 18-year-old can go as far as he wants in his career.

German boss Stendel, who left Hearts after their relegation last season, worked with Hickey during his time in the capital and has no doubts that the youngster is destined for the top.

And he can see similarities between Hickey and Bayern legend Lahm - who is regarded as one of the greatest full backs of all time after winning the World Cup, Champions League, eight Bundesligas and winning 113 caps for his country.

Stendel said: "Aaron is an extraordinary talent. For such a young age, he is extremely calm and composed on the ball.

"He never panics, never loses his cool and always seems to make the right decisions. Despite being so young, he's very hard to play against.

"Aaron as a player is like Philipp Lahm. For me at Hearts, he played as a full-back. He not only runs up and down the line, but looks for attacking moves like Lahm once did. And Aaron can also play in the central midfield.

"Trust me, he will have a great career.

"Is he ready to play immediately at a world class team like Bayern? Probably not yet. But I would recommend Bayern sending him on loan at first.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 20: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen celebrates with the fans after the presentation of the 67th German Championship title following the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena on May 20, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)

"Remember, Bayern did that with Lahm - they sent him on loan to Stuttgart at the start of his career.

"You could also see him as similar to David Alaba and they sent him on loan to Hoffenheim for six months too.

"But from the way Aaron plays, his style would certainly suit Bayern."