Franck Ribery, though being 38 years in age, has signed with the newly-promoted Serie A club Salernitana. So, in news of this pleasantly surprising yet official football transfer, Ribery joins Salernitana at 38 years of age.
A former France international, 38-year-old Franck Ribery became a free agent after leaving Fiorentina at the end of last season.
Now, despite his seniority and status as a free agent, Salernitana have introduced him to his new fans on Monday.
The Italian Serie A club has given Ribery the number 7 shirt at his new club.
Furthermore, Salernitana may even consider extending his contract for yet another year, if they remain in Serie A, avoiding relegation.
Franck Ribery first made his name with French Ligue 1 club Marseille.
However, he spent the majority of his career at Bayern Munich, whom he joined in 2007.
Indeed, he spent a trophy-laden 12 years’ period in Bavaria. There, he won nine Bundesliga titles as well as the Champions League in 2013.
Also, that year, he finished third in the Ballon d’Or standings.
Official Football Transfer – Ribery Joins Salernitana at 38
Franck Ribery has spoken after joining his new club, Salernitana, a club in the Italian top flight.
He said: “I want to thank everyone who wanted me so much in Salerno. As soon as I arrived, I felt an incredible passion around me. I live by this, which is why I immediately accepted this challenge. We have an important goal and I hope to be able to help the team to cross this finish line as soon as possible.
“I still feel very good. I still have a lot to prove. My passion moves me above all, but my family also played a fundamental role in my choice. I know that Serie A is a very difficult championship and I hope to reach a good physical condition as soon as possible.
“So far I have trained alone, but training with the team is quite another thing. From tomorrow I will be available to the coach, hoping to find the right pace as soon as possible.
“I like to help my teammates, especially the younger ones. I don’t know the team well yet, but the important thing is that there is a strong group, which remains united especially in the most difficult moments.
“At this afternoon’s presentation at the stadium I really enjoyed the welcome from the fans – I imagine that when the ‘Arechi’ is full there will be an incredible passion.”