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Coman plays down Ribery comparison

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Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman has refuted comparisons to fellow teammate and compatriot Franck Ribery, claiming he is focused on writing his story.

Coman, 22, has already bagged seven league titles to his name, two with PSG, Juventus and three since his move to the Allianz Arena in 2015 despite the injury problems that have somewhat plagued his career.

The Pacy winger who is planning on an extended stay in Munich with Bayern never expected so much at this stage of his career.

“I didn’t plan to travel so much,” Coman explained in an interview with German sports daily Kicker.

“But at the moment I’ve settled here and I’m very happy with the situation here in Munich. I can really imagine staying for a long time.”

Coman could even add an eighth league winners’ medal to his mantelpiece before turning 23 in June. Bayern currently sit one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund atop the Bundesliga table with five matches to play in the 2018/19 season.

“The biggest or most important game on the way to the championship will probably be at RB Leipzig [on Matchday 33],” Coman explained. “If we’re as focused as we were against Dortmund, it’ll work; then we can beat RB.

“We have five games ahead of us and we won against Dortmund [5-0 on Matchday 28]. We’re also still in the DFB Cup semi-finals, so the chance of a double is there.”

Coman went on to express gratitude to 36-year-old Ribery, who was immense in his career in Munich but stated he doesn’t want to be compared to the Bayern legend.

“Franck really helped me a lot at the start,” Coman said. “In games, in training, in everyday life. He was always there for me, like a big brother. Franck has his career; I have mine – completely independent of him as a person. I’m not the new Ribery. I’m me. I have enough qualities to deliver very good performances at Bayern.”