Relegation battle underway in the Champions League: Franck Ribery finds a new club

Updated Sep 7, 2021 at 11:27 a.m.

  • After two months without a club, former Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has found a new club.
  • The 38-year-old now plays for the Italian newcomer.

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French attacking midfielder Franck Ribery has changed to Italian Serie A team newcomer US Salernitana from Salerno. The club announced on Monday. The 38-year-old former Bayern Munich player then signed a one-year contract that is automatically extended under certain sporting conditions. According to reports, Ribery will receive an annual salary of 1.5 million euros plus bonuses from the newcomer.

And the newspaper “Corriere dello Sport” reported earlier that Ribery will arrive by private plane to the nearest big city to Naples on Monday, meet with club representatives and undergo medical examinations. Ribery posted a short video from a plane to his Instagram story on Monday.

Great Ribery anticipation

The Frenchman was officially introduced to 13,000 enthusiastic fans on Monday. “I am very happy to start with a new team and a new coach,” said Ribery. “We have one goal: to stay in Serie A.”

Franck Ribery
Franck Ribery poses in his jersey at the press conference marking his debut at his new club, US Salernitana.

© Imago Images / Norfoto / Giuseppe Mafia

Anticipation of a possible change seemed to have spread over the past few days: American Salernitana T-shirts bearing his name were already available in stores. The club announced its refusal and reserves the right to take legal action.

The French player last played for Fiorentina two years ago. His contract with the Serie A club was not renewed. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, he would have liked to stay with the club from Tuscany for the third year.

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Salernitana, in southern Italy, is still useless after the first two days of matches. Coach Fabrizio Castori’s team plays on Sunday with Torino Football Club. (dpa/AFP/lh)

Even when he was 38, Franck Ribery faces everyone: the left winger of Fiorentina starts an irresistible dribble in the 58th minute of the match at home against Napoli. Whoever tries to stop him on his way to the gate fails. (Trailer Photo: Maurizio Borsari/Aflo/Reuters) © Dazen


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