Franck Ribery earns one-year Bayern Munich contract extension

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Franck Ribery has hardly seen the field the last two years as injuries continue to limit his time on the pitch. Nonetheless, Bayern Munich has handed him a one-year contract extension, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the year.

The 33-year-old winger has made seven league appearances this season, including five starts, but he also missed five matches with a muscular injury that halted a run of outstanding form to start the year. Ribery had begun the league season in red-hot style, with two goals and five assists in the club’s first five matches – all wins – but since he went out the team began dropping points.

Ribery joined Bayern in 2007 on a $28 million deal from Olympique Marseille, and has made 333 appearances for the Bavarians across all competitions since the move.

“I’m very happy to play for FC Bayern for another year,” said Ribéry to the official Bayern Munich release. “This great club and the city have become my home, both in terms of sport and in private. I’m looking forward to many more beautiful moments together with the FC Bayern fans, and I want to play my part in the team’s success in the next one and a half years.”

Ribery has struggled with injury not just this year but the last few years. Last season, he missed more than half the campaign with a bad ankle injury, and the previous season he found himself sidelined on three different occasions, including the ankle injury that ended his season early.

“He’s both a key player and a crowd-pleaser, so we’re happy we’ve extended the contract with Franck by another year,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.