23 Aug 2019, 00:02 IST
Franck Ribery hopes to play on past the age of 40 after becoming a member of Fiorentina however says he doesn’t intend to be a rival to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ribery’s 12-year keep at Bayern Munich concluded when his contract expired on the finish of the 2018-19 season, wherein he received a ninth Bundesliga title.
Following extended hypothesis about his subsequent transfer, the previous France winger agreed a two-year cope with La Viola.
And Ribery, who plans to observe within the footsteps of Serie A veterans akin to Francesco Totti, is aiming to guide Fiorentina again into the Champions League.
“Now we have had a really lengthy negotiation, however I’m very completely happy to be right here in Florence,” mentioned the 36-year-old.
“I noticed nice motivation and nice confidence in me from the administration, and that’s the reason I’m right here. Naturally, my spouse additionally helped within the alternative, as a result of my household is essential.
“I am very motivated, I at all times wish to play. I’ve a two-year contract and I wish to be decisive and assist the younger gamers. I wish to give one thing new to this membership, I wish to convey Fiorentina into the highest three of the desk.
“I got here right here to assist my staff, which is Fiorentina. I’m not right here to be a rival to Ronaldo. Serie A is a good event with many wonderful gamers. Inter purchased properly in the marketplace, as did Juventus.
“The factor I recognize essentially the most is that folks right here love and reside for soccer. It is a great expertise and I wish to get pleasure from myself on the sector.
“Soccer is my life. It is the explanation I needed to stay in Europe and I used to be lucky to search out Fiorentina. I hope to proceed enjoying till the age of 40, identical to Francesco Totti.”
— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) August 22, 2019
Fiorentina open the brand new Serie A season at house to Napoli on Saturday however Ribery isn’t anticipating to be concerned.
“I’m not prepared to begin, however I’m completely happy that I obtained to coach with the squad at this time, which could be very completely different to coaching by your self,” he added.
“I would like every week or two to be able to play, but when the coach [Vincenzo Montella] tells me that I am wanted, I’ll step up.”