Before the winter break, Bayern Munich announced that Franck Ribery had signed a one year contract extension that would keep him at the Allianz Arena through the end of the 2017-18 season. The new deal, likely his last, means that he would celebrate his 35th birthday in a Bayern jersey.
The question remains as to what Ribery’s plans are after that. In an interview with Kicker, Ribery reiterated that Bayern would be his last European club, but he’s keeping his options open beyond that. "Then China, Dubai, Qatar or the U.S. are options. Why not, if I want to play football?"
While he doesn’t have a target end date for his playing career, it might surprise you to learn that Ribery wants to stay in the game, specifically with Bayern. “I’ve got a really good relationship with the club,” Ribery said. “Maybe, I’ll become a coach later, with the kids.”
The question from there would be whether or not Ribery has the temperament to be a manager, especially for kids.