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Sports World News of Saturday, 13 January 2018


Franck Ribery says he wants to finish career at Bayern Munich

The FC crew praise Bayern Munich's Bundesliga dominance, but cast doubt on their ability to win the Champions League, despite favourable odds.

Franck Ribery said he wants to end his career at Bayern Munich after staking a claim for a new contract with his first Bundesliga goal of the season in a 3-1 win at Leverkusen on Friday.

An opener from Javi Martinez and a stoppage-time free kick from James Rodriguez sealed the three points, which see Jupp Heynckes' side go 14 points clear of Schalke atop the league table.

Ribery, 34, signed from Marseille in 2007 and is Bayern's longest-serving player following the retirement of Philipp Lahm last season.

Ribery's contract is set to expire in the summer and former Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez had urged the former France international to join him in Qatar when his current deal runs out.

But Ribery pledged his future to the Bavarians when asked about his future plans and about Friday's match: "My aim is to stay at Bayern Munich for as long as possible.

"Normally I provide a lot of assists and do a lot of dribbling -- but it's always great when you score a goal.

"You know when you play in Leverkusen it is always a difficult game. But after working hard in Qatar will start but I think differently."