Serie A

Franck Ribery signs for Serie A club Salernitana

Scott Saunders
Franck Ribery has signed for Salernitana
Franck Ribery has signed for Salernitana / Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images
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Franck Ribery has signed for newly promoted Serie A side Salernitana - at the grand old age of 38.

The former France international was a free agent after leaving Fiorentina at the end of last season, and on Monday was presented to his new club's fans. He has been handed the number 7 shirt and will see his contract renewed for another year should Salernitana survive in the top flight.

Ribery made his name at Marseille, but spent the best years of his career at Bayern Munich - joining in 2007. He enjoyed a trophy-laden 12 year spell in Bavaria, winning nine Bundesliga titles and the Champions League in 2013. He finished in third place in the Ballon d'Or standings that year.

Speaking after joining his new club, Ribery 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."

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