Munich, Germany (4E Sports) – Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery declared that he will not play for another European club or league but he’s open to see action in the MLS or Gulf region before he hangs up his jersey.
The 30-year-old Ribery joined Bayern from Marseille in 2007 and despite reports about a move to Spain, he opted to stay after receiving the club’s support during a difficult time.
“In Europe, there will be no other club, but it would be a bonus for me if there can be another continent after that,” he said. “I could be tempted to go to a country like the U.S. or maybe the United Arab Emirates, but I would not count that as part of my real career.”
“That would be something I would do to wind up my career and could not be compared to what I have experienced in Munich. I will stay in Munich as long as it is possible,” he added.
However, Ribery, who will be 34 when his current contract expires in 2017, said he will dwell on the matter when the right time comes.
“I hope I can play at this level for as long as possible, but I don’t think about it,” Ribery said. “I enjoy the moment. Of course, I am 30 and I am getting older. In a couple of years I will not be able to play like that anymore. But I will try to push back that date as long as possible.”
After winning the France Footballer of the Year and UEFA Player of the Year trophies, Ribery is also on the shortlist for the 2013 Ballon d’Or alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ribery acknowledged that he is at a “disadvantage” for the award after FIFA extended voting, which would appear to benefit Ronaldo as it allowed voters to take into consideration his heroics during Portugal’s World Cup playoff success against Sweden.
However, given that Bayern clinched the Champions League, Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and UEFA Super Cup during the voting period, Ribery is not giving up hope.