Former Bayern Munich star Ribery open to Bundesliga return

Franck Ribery

Former Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has indicated he is open to returning to the Bundesliga, though he emphasised that he is currently focused on current side Fiorentina.

The former France international joinedFiorentina ahead of last season and has become a key figure for the Viola, making 15 SerieA appearances this season.

Ribery’s contract withFiorentinaexpires at the end of the current campaign and even at age 37he is thinking about playing on – potentially back in Germany.

“At the moment I only think about Fiorentina, I’m important for the team,” he told Bild. “But I don’t rule out a return to the Bundesliga when I’m finished here.”

Ribery also spoke out about some of the issues at his former club, including the status of summer signing Leroy Sane.

Sane has started just half of his 14 Bundesliga appearances this season and his head coach Hansi Flick made headlines last month when he subbed Sane out of agamehe had previously entered as a sub.

Ribery has backed Sane to succeed at Bayern, saying that he’s not surprised to see more tenured players sometimes getting the nod ahead of Sane.

“I believe in Leroy because he is still young, has quality and talent,” Ribery said.

“Players like Kingsley Coman or Serge Gnabry have been with the club longer and therefore know the coach’s game philosophy better.

“Sanecomes from Manchester City, a big club where he has already proven his quality in tough competition.

“But football is not easy, there are many factors involved. Saneknows that there is competition at Bayern too.Since he knows this from Manchester, he will have no problem with it.

“The four wingers at Bayern should support each other.Sitting on the bench shouldn’t be a reason to hang your head –you can still make the difference in 20 minutes.”

Ribery also opined on the saga of David Alaba, who looks likely to leave the club after talks over a new contract broke down.

“David is a Bayern guy, he won the treble twice,” Ribery said.”David is intelligent and he’s not a little kid anymore.He made a big name in the football world, won everything.

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