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I Want To Win The Champions League Again Before I Retire - Franck Ribery

I Want To Win The Champions League Again Before I Retire - Franck Ribery
9/7/2017

Franck Ribery, who will no doubt go down as a Legend in the minds of the Bayern Munich fans, should he chose to retire today, wants to win another Champions League with the German Giants before hanging his Boots.

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The 34 year old was phenomenal last season despite missing most of the games due to injury, he still scored five, assisted 17 in 31 games in all combinations and this season has been great so far starting in all three competitive games.

He believes that the decision of letting go Douglas Costa to Juventus and opting for no replacements lays a vote of confidence on both he and Arjen Robben. 

"[Bayern] just know: Ribery and Robben are still top, are still fit," Ribery told Bild. "If the coach has the feeling that we are still important, why would you need other players? But the decision's not solely down to me. It's also the bosses' call.

"I always want to play. I am always hungry, I always want to win. But I know by now that I sometimes need a break. I can understand being benched after three or four games."

Last season he had been more desturbed with injuries but was at times still left on the bench due to Carlo Ancelotti's decision but the great Winger has only good for his boss.

"He's a big coach. We have a good relationship," Ribery said. "We are straightforward. If we have to talk, we talk. Calm, normal. If he wants to tell me that he wants to bench me the next day, he approaches me.

"I don't need a coach telling me that I am the best all of the time. I know when I've not played that well. But I need that good relationship."

Ribery has been with Bayern Munich for a decade now and has been with different coaches which include Jurgen Klinsmann, Louis van Gaal, Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola and now Ancelotti. 

"I want to win the Champions League once again. That is my dream. That is my adrenaline, my motivation," Ribery said, adding that he has not thought about whether winning Europe's biggest competition would also put an end to his career with one year left on his deal at Bayern.

"I can't say if that's my last season. I am fit and healthy. I can play two, three more years. I love football. I don't want to sit at home, I want to play.

"I would love to retire at Bayern. I would love to stay here until the end of my career, but a move abroad is also in the back of my head."
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