Free agent Franck Ribéry joins Fiorentina

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Franck Ribéry joins Fiorentina

Veteran winger Franck Ribéry has joined Serie A side Fiorentina on a free transfer, after leaving Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

The former France international brought the curtain down on a 12-year stay with the Bavarian giants last season, after helping them to another domestic triumph.

Ribéry spent 12 years at Bayern Munich after joining from Marseille in 2007, and won nine Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and the UEFA Champions League in 2013. The winger has 81 caps for France, scoring 16 international goals.

Franck Ribéry signing his contract with Fiorentina

“I’m happy. Fiorentina are a big team, in a beautiful city,” Ribéry said. “I’m delighted, let’s achieve something together.”

Ribéry also said that his former Bayern teammate, Luca Toni, encouraged him to move to Florence.

About 12,000 fans welcomed new signing Franck Ribery at Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi on Thursday.

Ribery walked onto the field to the ”Rocky” theme tune, and did a few ball tricks in the center circle, before speaking to the fans.

Fiorentina finished 16th in Serie A last season, only narrowly avoiding relegation, but were bought by Rocco Commisso, CEO of cable TV company Mediacom, in June.

The club have also signed Lazio midfielder Milan Badelj, Bologna’s Erick Pulgar and Sassuolo full-back Pol Lirola in a busy summer of recruitment.

 

Chidi Nwoke.