Newly promoted Serie A club Salernitana has signed Franck Ribery on a football transfer for a one-year deal. At the end of the season, Franck Ribery left Fiorentina and became a free agent. The 38-year-old was introduced to his new club’s fans on Monday. At the new Serie A team, he will be seen representing the no.7 shirt and if Salernitana stays in the top flight there is a possibility that his contract will be extended for another year.
Ribery made his name at Marseille, but he spent the majority of his career at Bayern Munich, which he joined in 2007. Winning nine Bundesliga titles as well as the Champions League in 2013, he spent a trophy-laden 12 years in Bavaria. That year, he finished third in the Ballon d’Or standings.
Speaking about his transfer news, Ribery said: “I want to thank everyone who wanted me so much in Salerno. As soon as I arrived, I felt an incredible passion around me. I live by this, which is why I immediately accepted this challenge. We have an important goal and I hope to be able to help the team to cross this finish line as soon as possible.”
“I still feel very good. I still have a lot to prove. My passion moves me above all, but my family also played a fundamental role in my choice. I know that Serie A is a very difficult championship and I hope to reach a good physical condition as soon as possible. So far I have trained alone, but training with the team is quite another thing. From tomorrow I will be available to the coach, hoping to find the right pace as soon as possible.”
“I like to help my teammates, especially the younger ones. I don’t know the team well yet, but the important thing is that there is a strong group, which remains united especially in the most difficult moments. At this afternoon’s presentation at the stadium I really enjoyed the welcome from the fans – I imagine that when the ‘Arechi’ is full there will be an incredible passion.”
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