FC Bayern Munich star Frank Ribery recently told in an interview with Kicker that he could possibly follow the footsteps of his former FC Bayern colleague Bastian Schweinsteiger and move to USA to play in the Major League Soccer.
Ribery also said that he could consider moving to China, Dubai or Qatar. Ribery’s current Bayern contract will see him stay in Germany until the Summer of 2018.
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During the interview Ribery said: “I have always said that Bayern will be my last club in Europe.”
He added that at the age of 33 it is time for him to make way for the other younger stars.
The French star further said that his career has been amazing so far but it is still important for him to have a hunger for more success, “I think I can be a role model to the younger players. I’m 33; soon to be 34, but they can see how professionally I continue to work.”
Ribery who joined Bayern back in 2007 from French club Olympique de Marseille has claimed that he has rejected offers from many big European clubs during his time at the Bavarian giants and despite some big money offers he decided to stay with Bayern and is pleased that he did so.
“In 2008-2009 every big club wanted me: Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona, Real, Chelsea,” Ribery claims.
The Frenchman also said that he himself and his family have been really happy at Bayern for over these past 10 years and is happy over the fact that Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke to him regularly back then. The star added that after his retirement from the game he could possibly take up a job as a coach at Bayern but it will most likely be with one of the youth teams.
When asked about Bayern’s quarter final tie against Real, Ribery said that the two clubs are evenly matched and it will be a tough tie overall.
By next season, Frank Ribery will be Bayern’s longest serving player, with Phillip Lahm retiring at the end of the season.
And to address that, he commented that his Bayern teammates Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso had outstanding careers. “I can only congratulate them on their outstanding careers. They’re top players with a great personality,” Ribery added.
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