Franck Ribery Insists Bayern Munich Need Him for Two More Years Despite Advancing Age

?Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has claimed he believes he can continue to perform at the highest level for another two years despite approaching his 35th birthday. 

The former France international has enjoyed an illustrious career since graduation from third-team home nation side Boulogne in 2000. 

Following a few low profile moves to Ales, Brest and Metz, the attacker began to be noticed during his time with Turkish outfit Galatasaray, before securing a switch to Marseille then onto the Bavarians almost 11 years ago. 

During his time as a player, Ribery has claimed 27 titles, both as part of a team and for personal achievements, including one Champions League title, seven Bundesliga winners medals, five German Super Cup trophies, three Footballer of the Year awards and was named the Best Player in Europe by UEFA in 2013.

It would seem then that with such success the 34-year-old would be eyeing retirement, or at least a step down in level, as a happy man, however the Frenchman has insisted he believes he still has what it takes in order to mix it with the best for the next 24 months, at least. 

“I feel good right now”, the wide man, whose current deal with Bayern Munich expires in the summer, told Sport Bild, as quoted by the Bundesliga’s ?official website. 

“I’ve still got another two years playing at the highest level.”

Whether the Reds share Ribery’s outlook and offer him a new deal remains to be seen, however, especially considering the younger talent boss Jupp Heynckes possesses at his disposal, including 21-year-old Kingsley Coman. 

Like Ribery, the pacy attacker made the switch to the Bundesliga giants after originally starting out in France, and has been an imperative feature in Bayern’s continued dominance in the country. 

However, the veteran still believes he is able to help players like his fellow countryman develop into the best they can be. 

“It’s not just about what you do on the pitch, my presence is important for the team, for the mood in the camp”, he added.

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“King’s having a great season, which is great for the team, but he’s still young. He needs a bit more experience. No one can be at 100 per cent for 50 games in a season.”


Schalke Official Confirms Leon Goretzka Will Join Bayern Munich After Signing Pre-Contract Agreement

?Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich in the summer after signing a contract with the German giants.

The Germany international’s contract with Schalke was due to expire later this year and Bayern and Liverpool had been touted as potential destinations if he decided to leave the Veltins-Arena.

However, Bayern have won the race and Goretzka will now link up with Bundesliga giants Bayern in the summer, with the club confirming his arrival with a photo on Twitter.

Heidel said via the club’s ?Twitter: “We were very sorry to hear this. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told us yesterday that Leon has completed a medical. We are losing a very very good player.

“He has signed a contract with Bayern as of 07/01/2018. We’ve done everything we can to keep Leon at Schalke. In the summer there was an agreement with him and his advisor.

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“We can deal with this situation, it did not come as a surprise. We are prepared for it.”


Robben’s Father Reveals There Is ‘No Deadline’ for New Deal But Confirms Interest From Other Clubs

?The father of Arjen Robben has revealed that he has had offers for his son from elsewhere as he enters the final six months of his contract with German champions Bayern Munich.

Robben himself ?recently revealed that he is “relaxed” about his future at Bayern, and that he has yet to enter talks with the club over a new contract, despite Bayern looking to extend both Robben and Franck Ribery’s contracts at the club.

According to ?AS, Arjen’s father Hans said: “We’re calmly waiting for the situation to develop. Bayern will come to us sooner or later, there is no deadline.”

The elder Robben went on to claim: “Still, we wish to have clarity in the near future. There are some requests for Arjen.”

Robben has made 274 appearances and scored 134 goals for Bayern since joining from Real Madrid for €25m in the summer of 2009.

The Dutchman has gone onto win six Bundesliga titles, four German Cups and one Champions League title during his time at the Allianz Arena. 

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Earlier this season Robben announced his retirement from international football following the Netherlands’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, having made 96 appearances and scored 37 goals for his country.


Juventus Prepare Huge Bid for Bayern Star Lewandowski as They Line Up Attacking Replacement

?Italian giants Juventus are reportedly preparing a huge bid to bring Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski to the Allianz Stadium.

That is according to Tuttosport, with the Italian outlet reporting that the ?Serie A champions are planning to get their man in the same manner they landed Argentina star Gonzalo Higuain in 2016.


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Higuain made the switch from ?Napoli for €90m and, as Tuttosport would have it, they’re ready to splash another mammoth sum to steal Lewandowski from the German champs.

The Polish forward is also reported as being keen to leave ?Bayern, having expressed disappointment with the club’s perceived lack of investment. ?And he does have plenty of suitors, with Real Madrid and Chelsea also interested in getting him on their books.

?Juve, though, are thought to be desperate for another striker, with Mario Mandzukic to possibly leave at the end of the season. They are also unsure of their position as it relates to the future of Paulo Dybala. And while they hope to keep the Argentinian, selling him would leave them with a huge profit margin.

The Italian side are likely to sign Emre Can from ?Liverpool on a free transfer later this year, and they are also believed to be considering a move for either Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil or ?Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen.

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Spurs, however, are reportedly bent on tying the midfielder down with a new contract amid Juve’s interest and will soon begin talks that will potentially see him move up to six-figure wages from his current £70,000-a-week.


VIDEO: Bayern Munich Stars Call for VAR Help in FIFA 18 Free-Kick Challenge

?Football has really taken to this VAR thing, or at least we’d like to think so.

Just this week, a 90min poll showed that a ?huge percentage of readers were in support of the technology. So it must be great, right?

?Chelsea boss Antonio Conte would certainly disagree, not with the notion that it’s been a great project, but with the fact that it has been at all useful, despite being readily available.

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If anything, though, ?Bayern Munich’s stars have benefited from the novel technology, albeit not during an actual match – but hey, progress.

Fabian Benko, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Jerome Boateng took part in a ?EA Sports FIFA 18 ?Bundesliga Free Kick Challenge Special this month – well, Boateng not so much as he’s injured, but he did do most of the talking.

Towards the end, said players had to call for the precious VAR to ensure that they were not robbed of crucial points.

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So yes, it does work. Everyone is just hoping that the English FA will ask match officials to use it when they get the chance.

The technology is only being used in cup competitions for now, but we could see it implemented in the ?Premier League soon.