It's official. Bayern Munich and Franck Ribery have agreed to a one-year contract extension that will keep the former French international playing at the Allianz Arena until the end of the 2017/2018 season.
Franck #Ribéry has extended his contract with #FCBayern by one year until 30th June 2018! More info to follow... pic.twitter.com/7fEuzMOxVl— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 27, 2016
For Ribery, this is likely the final large decision of his career. Already at the age of 33, this extension will take him through to age 35. For a player whose play is based on speed and dynamic wing play, its hard to imagine he will have much to offer in top flight European competition at the end of this contract.
This season Ribery has collected a healthy number of assists and been one of Bayern's most potent attacking threats. Even at an advancing age, there is no reason to think he will not be an asset for the final 18 months of his contract.
With Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman set to be the future of Bayern Munich's wing corps, Ribery's extension tells us less about his future with the club and more about Arjen Robben. The Dutchman has been on and off the injury list this season, and has yet to put together a run of form that shows he can be a a depth asset going forward. Is there enough room in Bayern's budget to carry two high priced depth wingers?