Franck Ribery is set to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the current campaign according to the club’s hierarchy.
Club president Uli Hoeness confirmed in an interview that the veteran will leave the Bavarian giants alongside long-term pal Arjen Robben, at the end of this season.
The club is already planning a spectacular sendoff for the dynamic duo known fondly as “Robbery.” After that, Ribery will eventually settle with his family in Munich and return to Säbener Strasse:
“Karl-Heinz [Rummenigge] and Hasan [Salihamidzic] agreed the year with Robben and him. And that’s how it looks it’ll be.
“We’re discussing a big farewell game. Franck, of course, wants to play at Bayern until he can’t run anymore. He can still play soccer for one to two years. He’ll later live in Munich and we’ll find a job for him that is worthy of his merits.
According to Bavarian Football, Hoeness —spoke about the special relationship he has with Ribery. It comes down to gratitude:
“I have a good relationship with every player, especially with him… He’s grateful. That’s not a given in this day and age. Franck is someone who’s there when you need him.
The gratitude Hoeness feels toward players of Ribery’s stature at the club might even outweigh Bayern’s ambition to win the league year after year.
Hoeneß: "We have two, three players, who we must be incredibly grateful to including Robben and Ribéry. We've been willing to sacrifice the league for a year to give these players a decent farewell. I won more than 50 titles in my life, so it does not matter to sacrifice one! pic.twitter.com/ZRYQ1e6Fsb
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 24, 2019
“We have two or three players to whom we must be incredibly grateful; Robben and Ribery are among them. …
“We were prepared to sacrifice the [Bundesliga] championship a year to give the players a sensible farewell. I’ve won more than fifty titles in my life. One title more or less isn’t so important.