Bayern insist Ribery has not renewed contract

FC Bayern München have made it clear the midfielder Franck Ribery has not signed a new contract that will keep him at the Allianz Arena until June 2018.

Ribery’s current contract with the reigning Bundesliga champions is due to expire at the end of the ongoing season and the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently said that he hopes negotiations between the two parties will begin as soon as possible.

L’Equipe broke the story on Thursday that Ribery and Bayern had agreed on a new contract extension, but the Bundesliga giants have denied those claims.

“Thursday’s edition of French newspaper L’Equipe reports that Bayern and Ribery have reached an agreement over a renewal until 2018. This report is wrong,” a statement on the club’s website said.

The 33-year-old joined Bayern from Marseille in 2007 and has represented the club in over 300 games in all competitions. This season, though, Ribery has been limited to nine appearances, but has had a major impact in those matches as he has scored twice and notched up eight assists.