Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him the club until the end of 2018/19.
The 35-year-old has showed no signs of slowing in his 11th season with the record German champions, becoming the fifth player in history to win eight Bundesliga titles after Bayern legends Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Oliver Kahn and Mehmet Scholl.
“I’m very happy to have another year at this club,” Ribery said. “Munich is my home and has been for a long time, so I’m proud to be able to wear the Bayern shirt again in the new season. So far we’ve had a lot of success together. I hope that next season will be another good one, and hope that we get a bit of luck to win the Champions League.”
Ribery has made 385 competitive appearances for Bayern since moving to the Allianz Arena from Marseille in summer 2007, registering 117 goals and 179 assists.
As well as his record-equalling haul of Bundesliga titles, the former France international has also lifted the DFB Cup five times, the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Supercup, among others. He is also the club’s leading non-German appearance maker.
“We’re very happy to extend with a player like Franck,” explained Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “He’s a key player and a massive fan favourite. We delighted about it and are really looking forward to next season.”
Ribery’s partner in crime and another long-standing Bayern servant, 34-year-old winger Arjen Robben, is reportedly still in talks over a new contract. The Dutchman’s current deal expires in the summer.