The CEO ruled out bringing the Frenchman back to the club, despite training with Julian Nagelsmann’s team
Bayern Munich chief executive Oliver Kahn has insisted the club do not intend to sign Franck Ribery again.
Ribery joined Bayern in 2007 at Marseille, playing a key role in one of the most successful periods in the club’s history, while establishing himself among the elite wings in European football.
The Frenchman eventually left Allianz Arena at the end of his contract in 2019 before being picked up by Fiorentina, but trained again with the German champions after leaving the Serie A team in June.
What was said?
Ribery is currently available with a free transfer, and it is suggested that Bayern get the 38-year-old back under new head coach Julian Nagelsmann before the first season, but Kahn has now ruled out the possibility.
“We are not thinking of signing Franck Ribery,” Kahn, who replaced Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as chief executive earlier this summer, told a news conference.
Matthaus’ view on Ribery
Lothar Matthaus was one of those who endorsed a possible return to Bayern for Ribery, who according to him has shown that he can still play at the highest level with Fiorentina for the past two years.
“If Bayern can not find a wing they want and can sign, I will definitely consider a one-year contract for Franck Ribery,” the Bayern big man said in his latest column for Sky Germany.
‘It goes without saying that he can not play two games over 90 minutes every week.
“But Franck is still fit, that would be a very positive factor in the dressing room, and whoever has played in 29 league games in Italy can still play a good role in the Bundesliga.”
Ribery’s Bayern record
Ribery scored 425 appearances in all competitions for Bayern and scored 124 goals and 182 assists.
The mercurial wing helped the club win 23 trophies during its 12-year stay at Allianz Arena, including nine Bundesliga titles and the Champions League, while being part of Jupp Heynckes’ legendary triple team in 2012-13.