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Breaking: Franck Ribery set to leave Bayern Munich after 12 years

Franck Ribery will leave Bayern Munich when his contract with the German champions expires next summer, with the Frenchman deciding to go against extending his current contract.

Ever since he joined Bayern in June 2007, Ribery has managed to 123 goals and assisted 183 others, in a total of 422 appearances. He has managed to help Bayern Munich win a total of 21 trophies, which includes eight Bundesliga titles and the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, a team in which him and Arjen Robben flourished.

The Frenchman said on Bayern Munich's website that "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, we've won so much together - more than 20 honours."

This will mean that Bayern Munich will lose their two notorious wingers this summer, with Arjen Robben also leaving at the end of the season. As a result of this, the pair will be given a testimonial early on next year, to commemorate the work that they have put in for the club for over more than a decade.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern Munich chairman, added that "Franck and Arjen are great players. FC Bayern owes a lot to both of them and we will give them a wonderful and emotional farewell."

Ribery and Robben have both suffered from plenty of injuries throughout the last few seasons, and this season in particular, the pair have managed just a total of 2858 minutes between them.

This may be the perfect time for the pair to leave, with the likes of Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman coming into full flight in the team, as the club looks set to be preparing for the future generation.


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