Ribery signs new deal with Bayern Munich

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France ace Franck Ribery has ended doubts about his future by signing a new five-year contract with Bayern Munich.

The 27-year-old forward penned his new deal just before the 2-0 Champions League final defeat by Internazionale, a game which Ribery missed due to suspension.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club’s official website: “We are very pleased that one of the best players in the world has agreed to a contract extension.

“This is also a sign of the great objectives of FC Bayern in the coming years.”

Ribery himself added: “I am very happy that I have decided for a further co-operation with the FC Bayern.

“My family and I are very happy to remain in Munich. The club has become for me a large family.”

Ribery joined Bayern in the summer of 2007 from Marseille and has since scored 31 goals in 99 league and European appearances for the Bavarian giants.

Bayern Munich head coach Louis van Gaal accepted that Internazionale deserved to win the Champions League final in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.

Two goals from Argentina striker Diego Milito gave Inter a 2-0 victory and denied Bayern a treble of league, cup and European success.

Dutchman van Gaal commented: “We were not good enough to impose our game. Inter only reacted, but they still won deservedly.

“The timing of the goals was decisive. The players learned today that it comes down to small details.

“I still have the feeling that we could have won. There were no great difference.

“We attacked, Inter defended, but you have to be in great shape to beat Inter and we were not today. I still think Inter merited the win.”