Ribéry signs contract extension

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribéry has signed a new contract with the German champions.

The Frenchman had agreed to put pen to paper on the new deal earlier in the month, but only officially signed today in between training sessions. Ribéry’s contract previously only tied him down as a Bayern player until July 2014, but the winger was happy to commit an extra three years until 2017.

“I am very happy. I’ve always said I feel at home here at Bayern,” said Ribéry. “I have a good feeling for me and my family, and I hope it goes on like last year,” he added when asked about how easy it was for him to make the decision regarding his future at the club.

Ribéry enjoyed fantastic success both personally and as part of Bayern’s historic treble last season. The 30 year-old, now entering his seventh campaign in Bavaria, scored ten times and assisted a league high 14 in 27 appearances, while he added another goal and a further eight assists in all competitions as Bayern swept to glory in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and UEFA Champions League.

The new contract will take Ribéry through to 34 years of age, and he now faces added competition for a place in the starting line-up after Bayern’s €37m capture of Borussia Dortmund star Mario Götze; although the Germany international will miss the start of the 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign with an aggravated thigh injury which kept him out of the Champions League final.

Bayern kick off their 2013-14 league campaign with a home tie against Lucien Favre’s Borussia Mönchengladbach, but face Dortmund on their own turf in the DFL-Supercup final a month from now, and also have the chance to exact revenge on their 2012 Champions League conquerors Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup at the end of August.

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