Ribery pens new Bayern deal
Bayern Munich have been boosted by the news that Franck Ribery has signed a new contract with the club.
Last Updated: 23/05/10 12:01pm
Bayern Munich have been boosted by the news that star Franck Ribery has signed a new contract with the club.
Ribery, who missed the UEFA Champions League final defeat to Inter Milan through suspension, has penned a new five-year deal at the Allianz Arena that will keep him at the club until 2015.
The Frenchman had been linked with a switch to Real Madrid in the close season, but the extension will commit the 27-year-old for a substantial period to the German side.
Ribery is understood to have signed the deal prior to Saturday night's heartbreaking defeat, which denied Louis van Gaal's side a famous Treble.
But the midfielder said he was delighted to have agreed new terms, saying he felt settled at the Bavarian outfit.
Ribery said: "I am very happy to have decided to stay with FC Bayern.
"My family and I are very happy to be staying in Munich. This club has become a big family for me."
Bayern were keen on keeping hold of the former Marseille man, who endured a difficult start to the 2009/10 campaign as injury kept him out of Van Gaal's plans.
But the French international returned to fitness and form to fire Munich to a Bundesliga title and a German Cup triumph.
And with his previous deal set to expire next year, the club moved quickly to keep hold of their man.
It is believed Bayern's journey to the final of the Champions League persuaded him to stay and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the move showed the club were looking toward an ambitious future.
He said: "We are very pleased that one of the best players in the world has agreed to a contract extension. This is also a sign of the great objectives of FC Bayern in the coming years."