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Franck Ribéry may be looking at a future in China or Qatar

The Frenchman, who is coming off what may have been his best performance of the season, is growing weary of waiting for Bayern to make him an offer.

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Franck Ribéry, Bayern Munich’s volatile veteran left wing, is growing a little impatient with Die Roten management as they discuss whether or not to make him an offer. Per a report in SportBild, the vultures are circling around Ribéry and his uncertain future in Germany with the likely destinations of China or Qatar. Those leagues, respectively, may be an inferior, yet lucrative, option for a player of Ribéry’s stature.

A stay with the German champions is still Ribéry’s preferred option. However, should this wish not be fulfilled, it could actually pull him to China or to Qatar. The country knows Ribéry well as Bayern is regularly there for training camp. Also, the people there worship him.

In addition, Kicker has backed up the report (as tweeted by @BayernMania). While some of this could just be posturing by Ribéry, the time is coming where his tenure at Bayern may end.

Despite the international interest and the obvious financial benefits, Ribéry has already stated that he would prefer to finish his career in Munich as he told ESPN in January.

Aside of China and Qatar, Ribéry previously hinted that he would be willing to listen to MLS offers as he told ESPN in another report last May. As much fun as it may be to envision Ribéry jostling with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger or Zlatan Ibrahimović stateside, it seems Ribéry’s career will close in the Eastern Hemisphere.


Should Bayern extend Franck Ribéry?

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Yes - let him close out his career a mentor and part-time player.
    (155 votes)
  • 31%
    No - thanks for the memories Franck, but it’s time to move on.
    (79 votes)
  • 6%
    I don’t care, but someone better make a decision soon!!
    (15 votes)
249 votes total Vote Now

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