Bayern star Franck Ribery: I turned down China move to win titles
Franck Ribery says that he turned down an offer to leave Bayern Munich for China as he is not interested in money and wants to win more trophies.
Ribery, 32, is slowly finding his feet again after spending large parts of 2015 on the sidelines with injury. He has only started in two matches this term, and come off the bench in a further two, but has been on the pitch in every game after his mid-February comeback against Darmstadt.
During the last transfer window there were rumours that Ribery could leave Bayern and head to China, with one club reportedly making a big money offer for the veteran winger.
"Money is not the most important thing for me," Ribery told Bild. "If I wanted more money, I should have left for China. I had an offer. But I am not interested. I want to have fun with the fans here, and win more titles at Bayern. That's my club."
Ribery has just over a season left on his current deal at Bayern, the club he joined from Marseille in 2007, and he hopes that he will stay at the Allianz Arena beyond the summer of 2017.
"I am still hungry for more titles. I've been here for nearly nine years, and will turn 33 in April, there is not a lot of time left. Maybe two or three years," he added.
"I've already talked a bit with [former president] Uli Hoeness and [CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge about a new contract. I would like to stay for one or two more years. I am happy, and enjoy living in Munich. It's nice for my kids and my wife.
"I have everything here. The people love me. Ribery and Bayern just belong together. That's very special and emotional. It is just nice."