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Official: Bayern Munich confirm Franck Ribery will leave

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Bayern Munich have confirmed that Franck Ribery will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Ribery has been at Bayern since 2007 after completing a then-club record transfer of €25m from Marseille. He’s since gone on to enjoy a remarkable period of success over in Germany.

The 36-year-old winger has brought home an impressive tally of 123 goals and 183 assists in 422 appearances for Bayern.

However, injuries have been a persistent problem over the last five years which has heavily restricted his time on the pitch.

And now Ribery has confirmed he will end his 12-year stay at the Allianz Arena in the summer.

“When I came to Bayern, it was a dream come true. It won’t be easy to say goodbye, but we must never forget what we’ve achieved together,” Ribery told the club’s website.

“We’ve won so much together – more than 20 honours.”

Despite his advancing years, Ribery proved to be a formidable player in his own right after setting a new Bundesliga record of three assists in just nine minutes for Bayern in March.

The former France international is also on the verge of winning his ninth Bundesliga crown this season as the club hold a four-point over Borussia Dortmund ahead of the final two games.

A sixth DFB-Pokal cup is another possibility, with Bayern to take on RB Leipzig in the final on May 25.

A Champions League, UEFA Supercup, Club World Cup and four DFL Supercups have all come Ribery’s way at Bayern.

Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge paid tribute to the Frenchman along with Arjen Robben, who will leave himself in the summer.

“Franck and Arjen are great players. Bayern have a lot to thank them for and will give them a great and emotional farewell,” said Rummenigge.

“They helped to shape Bayern’s most successful decade with fantastic football.”

Bayern have announced plans to hold a testimonial for both Ribery and Robben at the Allianz Arena in 2020.