Franck Ribery open to move to A-League: “Why not?”

Franck Ribery refused to rule out the prospect of joining former Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel at Australia for next season.

36-year-old winger Ribery will leave Bayern in the summer once his contract expires after a trophy-laden 12 seasons in Germany.

The former France international has since been touted for moves to either Qatari club Al Sadd SC or A-League side Western Sydney, who are coached by Babbel.

In fact, Babbel had teased the idea of Ribery joining him at Sydney back in March.

“Franck Ribery, of course, I was in touch with him,” the ex-Liverpool defender told Sydney Morning Herald.

“I said ‘OK, if you want to earn a lot of money then you have to go to Qatar or somewhere. But if you want to be a rock star, then you have to come to Australia’.

“He hasn’t decided at the moment but I can’t believe that he will come here, because we’re talking about a category that normally for the A-League is not realistic.

“We also have to go further, and find a team for next season – I can’t wait the next 100 years. If there’s a chance there, you have to try it. But the chance to get someone like that is maybe one per cent.”

Following his big announcement last weekend, Ribery admitted he’s open to the idea of joining Babbel in Australia.

“You know that I played football because of the fun and to enjoy it. I love football,” he said.

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“If you play well, then you make yourself a great name and the money comes on its own. You earn money for what you did. I do not just play for money.

“But why should not I move to colleague Babbel? I do not know. There are many options. I’m not sure yet where I’m going.”

Ribery will be eyeing victory over RB Leipzig on Saturday to seal his nine Bundesliga title at Bayern with a game to spare.

The Frenchman has managed six goals and four assists in 35 appearances for Bayern this season.

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