Franck Ribery has ‘already held talks with Bayern Munich about returning as an ambassador’, with club legend still adored by German giants and planning next move after retirement from playing
- Franck Ribery could return to Bayern Munich as an ambassador after five years
- He spent 12 years in Bavaria and was part of 2013’s treble-winning Bayern side
- Since retiring the Frenchman took up a role as an assistant coach at Salernitana
Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery could be set to return to the Bavarian titans sooner rather than later, this time in an ambassadorial role after hanging up his boots in October.
The French forward was a fan-favourite at the Allianz Arena, and according to German outlet Bild, contact has already begun between the 39-year-old and the club.
Ribery spent 12 seasons with the Bundesliga‘s record winners, scoring 124 times and providing 182 assists in 425 games with the German side.
Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery could be returning to the Allianz Arena as an ambassador
Despite leaving in 2019, Ribery is still a much-loved figure at Bayern, and the move to snap him up as an official ambassador for the club is thought to be well-supported within the club.
Ribery won the treble with Bayern in 2013
If he does end up back at the Allianz Arena in an ambassadorial capacity, he will join fellow former players Giovane Elber and Claudio Pizarro, now 50 and 44 years old respectively.
But not only is it a matter of desire for the Frenchman to return to the club he called home for more than a decade, as he still owns a villa in Grünwald from his time in Bavaria.
During his 12-year stay at the Bundesliga side, making more than 400 appearances, the 39-year-old was part of the 2013 treble-winning team, his only Champions League success at the club.
He also won the award for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe in the same year as a mark of his contributions to the team’s success, scoring 11 and assisting 23 in the process.
His time in Germany came to an end in 2019, when he joined Fiorentina, before arriving at US Salernitana in September 2021, where he would eventually retire 13 months later.
Despite being one of the world’s leading wide forwards, as well as a mainstay in one of the most dominant Bayern sides in recent years, the Frenchman was forced to draw his career to a close a a result of knee injuries at the Italian side.
Ribery retired from professional football in October 2022 as a result of continuing knee issues
However he has not concluded his association with I Granata, and is currently operating as an assistant coach for the side that finds itself in 12th place in Serie A at the point of the World Cup break.
On the announcement of his retirement in October 2022, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn stated: ‘One of the greatest careers in football – not just FC Bayern – is coming to an end with Franck Ribery.
‘I had the fortune to play together with him and could see clearly from my goal how he excited our fans with his attacking play at the other end of the pitch. Franck was a rogue on the pitch, something very special, stood for cunning.
‘FC Bayern is proud to have had him in its ranks for over 10 years and to have won the biggest titles with him.’
The Frenchman has taken up an assistant manager role at the Serie A side since retiring
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