Ribery vows to emerge from sex scandal
Friday 23 July 2010
Frank Ribery is determined to come through a "stressful and depressing" time in his life and get back to performing well for Bayern Munich.
The Bayern and France winger is currently under judicial investigation in his homeland on suspicion of soliciting sex with an underage prostitute.
He admits he is at a low point in his career but is adamant he will come through it and get back to his best on the field.
"There are moments in life that are stressful and depressing. That moment is certainly now," he said.
"I must survive this low point. This is not easy for me.
"I am very much in the public eye and I must live with that.
"It is not always easy for me to manage that pressure.
"I hope that the discussions about my personal problems and my injuries will soon come to an end.
"I am confident that I can regain the confidence of the people who are doubting me now. I want to give them happiness again.
"I want to show them great dribbling skills, a positive feeling and score goals. Just like before.
"The most important thing for me is football.
"I want to enjoy it and concentrate on that."
Although Bayern enjoyed a successful 2009/10 season, winning the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal and reaching the final of the Champions League, Ribery was a frustrated figure as he battled injury.
He also missed the Champions League final defeat by Inter Milan through suspension.
"It is true that I had a difficult year" he added in German newspaper Bild. "Largely because of injury.
"But I am working extremely hard to come back again, to find my top form.
"To win the Champions League is my big goal. I'm still sad that I missed the game with Inter.
"I am very motivated for the new season."
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