Veteran France winger Franck Ribéry is eager to work with former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti next season, revealing that the Italian wanted to sign him for Chelsea FC in 2009


With the arrival of Mario Götze, Douglas Costa and Kingsley Coman in the recent past at the Allianz Arena, the future of Bayern Munich stalwart Franck Ribéry is less than certain. However, the Frenchman believes the Bavarians’ manager-to-be Carlo Ancelotti likes him as a player, and has expressed his eagerness to work with the former Chelsea FC manager.

Ribéry has been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge in the past, and the 32-year-old has confirmed those rumours in the past by revealing that the Blues made a ‘crazy’ offer to sign him in 2009. The winger has confirmed that story once again, this time revealing that Ancelotti wanted him at Chelsea in 2009.

The five-time Bundesliga winner believes that this is proof that the Italian likes him as a player. “Ancelotti already wanted to sign me in 2009 when he was with Chelsea,” Ribéry is quoted as saying by Sport Bild (via ESPN FC). “That means he likes me as a player and that is obviously great.

“I think Ancelotti is a great coach and human being. Communication will not be an issue because he speaks French after his time with PSG. I have heard a lot of good things about him.

“We have already met, but we have not had extensive talks yet. But I always hear that he is very close to his players. This type of coach suits me.”

Bayern have moved on from Ribéry

Although the German giants felt his absence keenly in the past, the arrival of another direct player in Douglas Costa — and his subsequent success at the club — has meant that Franck Ribéry has not been missed. While the Frenchman is still a quality player, his future at Bayern largely depends on whether he is happy to accept a bit-part role in the side.

The Frenchman’s contract expires in 2017, and quite apart from the fact that he has missed months of football due to injury, even a fully match-fit Ribéry would struggle to get into the starting XI. Ancelotti might have wanted to sign him in the past, but it will be a big surprise if he is able to breathe new life into the winger’s career in Bavaria.

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