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Bayern Munich star signs contract extension

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Franck Ribery has opted to sign a new a new two-year contract at Bayern Munich, despite speculation linking the Frenchman with a move away and the signing of Mario Gotze. 

Gotze, who plays in a similar attacking midfield role, was signed from fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund in April after Bayern triggered a €37m release clause in his contract. 

But Ribery, 30, has chosen to put pen to paper and extend his stay with the Bavarian club until 2015, after helping them to a historic treble last year. 

Bayern are the first German team to win the treble of league, main domestic cup and European Cup in the same season.

They are the seventh to do so overall after Celtic in 1967, Ajax in 1972, PSV Eindhoven in 1988, Manchester United in 1999, Barcelona in 2009 and Inter Milan in 2010.

Ribery played 43 games in all competitions for Bayern last season, scoring 11 goals, as he played a key role in helping them secure their three titles.

The former Marseille star, who signed for Munich in 2007, played a part in both goals in their 2-1 Champions League final triumph over Dortmund at Wembley in May.

Meanwhile, Belgian defender Daniel Van Buyten, 35, will also stay for another year.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented: "We are delighted to have kept two key players with us.

"Franck and Daniel were outstanding in the past season and we counted on them to make the difference in the crucial games."

Bayern, who welcome former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola as their new manager on 26 June, finished the season with 15 wins from their final 16 matches and only suffered one defeat after October - against Arsenal. 

 

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