BERLIN – French midfielder Franck Ribery is leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season after a 12-year spell, the Bundesliga side confirmed Sunday.
“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,” Ribery said in a video on the club’s website.
“We’ve won so much together – more than 20 honors,” he added.
The 36-year-old said he was still unclear on his plans for next season but indicated he wanted to keep playing.
“I don’t have a concrete plan for next season yet. I’m not sure where I can go to play soccer. I will keep playing but nothing is 100 percent certain yet. We’ll have to wait and see,” the number 7 said.
The club called Ribery’s departure after the expiration of his contract on June 30 the end of an era.
In December, Bayern confirmed that Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben would be leaving at the end of this season after 10 years.
“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. They’ve helped shape FC Bayern’s most successful decade with fantastic football,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.