Ribery, Robben to leave Bayern this summer

Ribery, Robben to leave Bayern this summer

Franck Ribery will leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires in the summer after the French midfielder decided against extending his deal. "It won't be easy to say goodbye, but we must never forget what we've achieved together", he said.

The Frenchman has scored 123 goals in 422 games for Bayern since joining from Marseille in 2007, during which time he won eight German titles and a UEFA Champions League crown in 2013.

The Frenchman will leave the Bundesliga giants after spending 12 years at the club, winning 20 titles and honours while establishing himself as one of the most risky wide-players in world football, having scored 123 goals in 422 games during his Bavaria stay.

Bayern moved closer to a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title as it put them on 74 points, five clear of Borussia Dortmund who visit Werder Bremen later on Saturday.

The veteran wingers, both of whom are set to end their Bayern careers at the end of the season, returned from injury as Bayern made heavy weather of a crucial victory over the Bundesliga's bottom club. "They've helped shape FC Bayern's most successful decade with fantastic football", Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Robben, 35, confirmed his impending departure at the end of past year, and it was widely expected that Ribery would follow suit, as Bayern prepare for a squad overhaul ahead of next season.

Bayern also announced they would organise a "big farewell game" for both Ribery and fellow stalwart Arjen Robben, to be held in 2020. "I will keep playing but nothing is 100 percent certain yet".

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