Franck Ribery 'Proud' to Sign 1-Year Contract with Bayern Munich

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 01: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu on May 1, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has signed a new one-year deal with the club that will keep him in Bavaria until 2019.

The Frenchman announced the deal on social media:

The club's official Twitter account supplied further comment from the 35-year-old:

Ribery has scored six goals and assisted as many in 32 appearances this season.

The veteran is in his 11th year with Bayern having joined from Marseille in 2007, and he has made almost 400 appearances for the club in that time.

He's won a great deal of silverware with the German giants, the highlight of which is the UEFA Champions League title in 2013.

Along with that, he has picked up five DFB-Pokals and helped Bayern be even more dominant in the Bundesliga, per Squawka Football:

Ribery played a key part in those successes opposite fellow winger Arjen Robben on Bayern's flanks, per the Bundesliga's official Twitter account:

The duo are now in the twilight of their respective careers—Robben turned 34 in January—but the club evidently believes they can still contribute to the cause, and it's possible the Dutchman could soon follow suit with his contract set to expire this summer as Ribery's was.

Bayern should be looking to phase out the pair over time and have made some strides to do so by recruiting Kingsley Coman, though he alone will not be enough.

Extending Ribery's deal gives them more time to prepare for his eventual exit, as well as some insurance, should their recruitment efforts this summer not pay off or go as planned.

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