Ribery: Vidal is a big loss, I hope Boateng stays

FC Bayern Munchen winger Franck Ribery has lamented Arturo Vidal’s exit and also stated that he hopes Jerome Boateng will stay at the Bundesliga champions.

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Vidal has left Die Roten after spending the last three years at the club, helping them to three consecutive Bundesliga titles, and Ribery believes it’s a big blow for Bayern.

“This is a difficult situation for us, Arturo was a really great player and also a good person, he has always been positive, has brought a lot of fun, it is a pity. We have to wish him and his family good luck,” said Ribery, according to ESPN FC.

Meanwhile, there is also doubt surrounding the future of Bayern centre-back Jerome Boateng. The Germany international has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, but Ribery hopes he will stay.

He continued: “I hope he stays with us because he is very important with his presence, and for me, he is one of the best centre-backs in the world.

The France international also spoke about new Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac, adding: “He brings discipline to the team, loves his job and has a lot of energy, he’s a motivator.

“It works well with him because he knows when we have to work very hard on the pitch and when we need to be free.”

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