Franck Ribery said Thursday his hunger for success drove him to turn down lucrative offers from clubs in China and the Middle East in favour of Serie A’s Fiorentina in Italy.
The former French international left Bayern Munich as a free agent after 12 seasons during which he earned the nickname ‘Kaiser Franck’, winning nine league titles among his 23 club trophies.“Football is my life. I still have a special love for football and that’s why I absolutely wanted to stay in Europe,” the 36-year-old told a press conference in Tuscany.
Ribery has agreed a two-year deal worth four million euros ($4.4 million) a year plus bonuses with the Tuscan club.
“There’s a special culture here. People are passionate about football,” said the former Galatasary and Marseille player.
“It’s a beautiful experience for me to come to Italy to be able to take advantage every day on the pitch and to enjoy myself.
“I had an extraordinary welcome yesterday. To see such passionate people who love football is incredible. It made me think of Marseille so it’s obviously special. I like this mentality, it suits me.”