Ribery plans to retire at Bayern

France star Franck Ribery wants to end his career with Bayern Munich - the club he joined back in June 2007 from Marseille.

Franck Ribery

By ESPNSTAR.com

With a whole host of top European sides chasing the winger's signature in the summer of that year, Ribery decided to join Bayern for a then club-record €25million.

Success would come for the Frenchman in Bavaria in the form of domestic titles but there was also disappointment, most notably in Europe where the Germans lost in the UEFA Champions League finals in 2010 and 2012.

Last season's final defeat to Chelsea was a bitter pill to swallow as it came at their own venue and on penalty kicks. It also marked the end of a forgettable campaign for Bayern which saw Borussia Dortmund crowned Bundesliga champions again.

However, this season the 29-year-old Ribery has been in good form and the early signs are that Bayern could topple the current German champions off their perch. On Saturday, Ribery scored in Bayern's 5-0 win over Hannover which left them nine points clear of Dortmund at the Bundesliga summit following 13 rounds.

"I hope to end my career in Munich," Ribery told Kicker following the match.

"I can only repeat - FC Bayern is my family. I feel at home here, and our family is very happy in Munich."

Bayern travel to in-form Freiburg on Wednesday before a crunch clash with Dortmund at Allianz Arena.

"I want to play in Freiburg. We should not be casual about that game," he said.

He added: "Dortmund are back. They have a good team and it is not easy playing against them. It has been a while since we have beaten them in the league, but we should not let that pressure us too much."



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