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Franck Ribery says he wants to finish career at Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery says he wants to finish career at Bayern Munich
From ESPN - January 12, 2018

Franck Ribery said he wants to end his career at Bayern Munich after staking a claim for a new contract with his first Bundesliga goal of the season in a 3-1 win at Leverkusen on Friday.

An opener from Javi Martinez and a stoppage-time free kick from James Rodriguez sealed the three points, which see Jupp Heynckes' side go 14 points clear of Schalke atop the league table.

Ribery, 34, signed from Marseille in 2007 and is Bayern's longest-serving player following the retirement of Philipp Lahm last season.

Ribery's contract is set to expire in the summer and former Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez had urged the former France international to join him in Qatar when his current deal runs out.

But Ribery pledged his future to the Bavarians when asked about his future plans and about Friday's match: "My aim is to stay at Bayern Munich for as long as possible.

"Normally I provide a lot of assists and do a lot of dribbling -- but it's always great when you score a goal.

"You know when you play in Leverkusen it is always a difficult game. But after working hard in Qatar [winter training camp] we played well -- although we managed to win 3-1 it was tricky as Leverkusen put us under a lot of pressure.

"I am pleased to be fit and healthy. I am having fun with the team, enjoying playing and training as well."

However, Bayern interim coach Heynckes insisted there was no immediate hurry to deal with Ribery's contract situation.

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