Ribery: I could leave Bayern Munich for USA, Qatar or UAE

The ex-France international says he is settled in Bavaria and feels happily married to the club, but nonetheless admitted that he is open to a new experience elsewhere


Bayern Munich ace Franck Ribery has revealed that he could see himself moving to the United States, Qatar or United Arab Emirates before he retires.

The 31-year-old winger is a key cog in Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up and is under contract to the Bundesliga champions until June 2017.

However, while Ribery insisted that he is settled in Bavaria and has little interest in leaving for another European side, he is drawn to the idea of a new experience in Asia or the States.

“I’ve been here for almost eight years,” he told Welt am Sonntag. “Bayern and I are like a married couple!

“I bought us a house here. My son was born here. I raised my daughters here. They speak better German than me: articulate and grammatically perfect.

“I could play for another club in Europe but my heart is beating too much for Bayern.

“But I could imagine going to the US, Qatar or Dubai for a new experience.”

Meanwhile, Ribery admitted that he is desperately awaiting the release of former Bayern president Uli Hoeness, who was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison in March.

“We all want him back here,” the ex-France international added. “I miss him, just as everyone else here does.”

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