Ribery to leave Bayern in the summer

Franck Ribery’s 12-year stay at Bayern Munich will come to an end when the former French international’s contract expires on 30 June, the German giants have confirmed.

It had previously been confirmed that fellow Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben will also leave the Allianz Arena at the end of the current campaign.

Ribery joined Bayern Munich from Marseille in 2007 and has won the Bundesliga title on seven occasions with the club, as well as the DFB Cup five times and the 2013 UEFA Champions League. He placed third in the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The 36-year-old told Bayern Munich’s official club website:

“When I came to Bayern, it was a dream come true. It won’t be easy to say goodbye, but we must never forget what we’ve achieved together, we’ve won so much together – more than 20 honours.”

Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thanked both Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben by saying:

“Franck and Arjen are great players. FC Bayern owes a lot to both of them and we will give them a wonderful and emotional farewell. They’ve helped shape FC Bayern’s most successful decade with fantastic football.”

Franck Ribery has terrified defences in both the Bundesliga and Champions League during his 12 years at Bayern Munich, making over 400 appearances in all competitions.