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Hasan Salihamidžić confirms Ribéry will probably leave Bayern at the end of the season

Speaking to the press in anticipation of Bayern Munich’s match against Ajax, Salihamidžić also qualified Kingsley Coman’s statement that he would retire rather than face a third foot operation.

01 December 2018, Bremen: Soccer: Bundesliga, Werder Bremen - Bayern Munich, 13th matchday in the Weserstadion. Bavaria's sports director Hasan Salihamidzic during the interview. Photo by Carmen Jaspersen/picture alliance via Getty Images

The journalists at the Munich airport were greeted by Hasan Salihamidžić before the team took off to Netherlands for their Champions League clash against Ajax — a job which is usually done by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. According to Brazzo, it is not going to be a one-time thing.

All eyes are on Franck Ribéry after Arjen Robben officially confirmed his departure from the club at the end of the season. Even though it is 95 percent clear that this is the Frenchman’s last season in Munich, Ribéry himself hasn’t confirmed it. In the airport Q and A session, Brazzo conveyed his thoughts on Ribéry’s future at the club. He said, (via SportBild)

The president talked about it [probably being Ribery’s final year]. I think that is how it will be. It’s a year of changes. But I’m glad that Franck is currently still playing so well. He’s one of our key players.

Bayern Munich currently leads Champions League Group E with 13 points from 5 matches, 2 points ahead of Ajax. Even though the team needs only a draw, Brazzo is looking forward to the team bringing home three points:

The game is very important for the round of 16, because we theoretically can get an easier opponent. A draw will suffice for us, but we’re playing to win.

When asked about Kingsley Coman’s recent statement that he might retire from football rather than face a third operation on his injured foot, Brazzo walked down memory lane and recalled how he felt when he once suffered two injuries in a single year. He explained how he can relate to what is going on inside Coman’s head:

I haven’t spoken with Kingsley yet. He perhaps said that out of emotion, because rehab isn’t fun. I’ll talk with him. I also had two ACL tears in one year, also had such thoughts. We expect great things of Kingsley. He has a great future ahead of him.

Bayern will play their last Champions League match of 2018 against Ajax on Wednesday at the Amsterdam Arena.

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