Franck Ribery has opened up on plans to return to Bayern Munich as manager once his playing career has ended.
Ribery will leave Bayern once his contract expires at the end of the month. It end’s a remarkable 12 years at the Allianz Arena which has seen nine Bundesliga titles and a Champions League crown come his way.
Now, attention turns to where the 36-year-old will see out the remainder of his career. So far, reports in Doha have also linked him with a summer move to Qatari league champions Al Sadd SC.
While a dream reunion with former Bayern defender Markus Babbel at A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers ended this month.
Despite the uncertainty over his future, though, Ribery is still keen to make a Bayern return one day.
“I’ll always have a winning mentality in me, and I want to transmit that. I equally feel what the players are feeling and I know them as men… One day I’ll know what it’s like to be a manager,” he told L’Equipe.
Even at 36, Ribery is convinced he can still cut it out a big club and explained why.
“I’m still hungry and I still think I’ve got something to give,” said the Frenchman.
“As long as I feel that I have a high level in the legs and in the head, I will go and get it. I can still play at a big club … I think. I have this experience that often makes the difference.
“I have always been very professional and worked a lot. All this effort and discipline has paid for this longevity.
“I knew this season was my last in Bayern but I have never played ‘cool’. When the locker room needing shaking up, I did it. I remained myself, a leader, until the end.”