Franck Ribery welcomes Carlo Ancelotti to Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery welcomes Carlo Ancelotti to Bayern Munich

Franck Ribery has welcomed the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as the successor to Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, and confirmed the former Chelsea boss tried to bring him to Stamford Bridge in 2009.

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“We’ve already met without talking too much,” Ribery told Bild. “But I’ve heard often that he has a good relation with his players. It’s exactly the type of coach who suits me.

Ribery was the subject of a bid from Chelsea in 2009, then coached by Ancelotti, with the former France international admitting he was flattered by the interest.

“That shows he rates me as a player, it’s great,” said Ribery.

The Frenchman said his recurring injury problems had made things difficult under Guardiola, but stressed there was no trouble between them.

“It’s normal that we’ve been in touch less,” he said. “It’s something completely different, you’re on the pitch and in the changing room with the coach every day or you’re not there. Pep has also been sad. There’s no problem between us.”
Ribery is working his way back from a thigh injury he picked up following his return to action last month, having only just come back from nine months out with an ankle problem

“My thigh is fine. I can run again without pain. I’m not at 100 per cent but everything will return to normal as and when,” he said.

Ribery, who turns 33 in April, said he was hoping to return to training “in two weeks” and therefore take part in the second half of the Bundesliga season, which resumes following the winter break on January 22.
“I have a lot of fight and energy. I’m convinced I’m going to be able to rediscover the old Ribery,” added the Frenchman, referring to form that saw him help Bayern land the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013, as well as finish third in that year’s Ballon d’Or voting.
Source : Sky Sports