Former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery hinted that he could take up a managerial role in the future.
The Frenchman parted ways with the German club after 12 trophy-laden years at the end of last season. While there is not much clarity on his next destination, Ribery claims that he still has something to give at a big club.
The 36-year-old spoke about his leadership qualities and claims he can be the leader that the dressing room needs in testing times.
“I’ll always have a winning mentality in me, and I want to transmit that. I equally feel what the players are feeling and I know them as men… One day I’ll know what it’s like to be a manager,” the winger told L’Equipe.
“I’m still hungry and I still think I’ve got something to give. As long as I feel that I have the high level in the legs and in the head, I will go and get it. I can still play at a big club … I think. I have this experience that often makes the difference.
“I have always been very professional and worked a lot. All this effort and discipline has paid for this longevity.
“I knew this season was my last in Bayern but I have never played ‘cool’. When the locker room needing shaking up, I did it. I remained myself, a leader, until the end.”
Bayern Munich greats Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben bowed out on a high as the club won the DFB-Pokal for a ninth domestic double in 19 years by beating RB Leipzig 3-0.
The pair, both late substitutes, played little part in the actual result which owed everything to two goals from Robert Lewandowski either side of Kingsley Coman’s individual effort.
Lewandowski, the competition’s highest scorer this season with seven, also took his individual tally in German Cup finals to seven as Bayern won it for the 19th time in their history.
Leipzig never looked like securing their first major trophy once their dominance of the opening 15 minutes ended.
Manuel Neuer, back in the side after six weeks out with a calf problem, was the first goalkeeper to be tested when he tipped Yussuf Poulsen’s powerful header on to the underside of the crossbar in the 11th minute.
But Bayern struck with their first shot on target in the 29th minute, with Lewandowski superbly converting a twisting, stooping header when David Alaba’s cross arrived slightly behind him.
Ibrahima Konate then headed off the line after Coman had rounded goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi having sprinted on to Mat Hummels’ defence-splitting through-ball, although an offside flag went up rather late.
Lewandowski should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time but was too slow to react and the ball hit his body after being fired in and Gulacsi blocked.
Minutes into the second half Neuer raced to the edge of the area to save a one-on-one with Emil Forsberg while Hummels’ drive forced Gulacsi to dive low to his right.
Lewandowski directed a looping header wide before Robben was introduced for his farewell appearance after a decade at the club.
With 12 minutes remaining Coman’s clever piece of control set him up for the second goal and Lewandowski scored his second late on, allowing Bayern fans to also bid farewell to substitute Ribery, who is ending his 12-year association with Bayern.
Departing Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben explained that politics at Real Madrid forced him to leave the club and join the German giants.
It was believed that the growth of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo led to Robben getting phased phasing out of the team but the Dutchman pointed out that there were more contributing factors.
“It became difficult for me because of the change of president at Real,” Robben told Goal and SPOX.
“I actually felt very comfortable there and played very well, but when politics come into play and you do not get a real chance, you have to make a decision whether you want to keep fighting or to go and continue your career elsewhere.
“It was not just Ronaldo. Perez returned as the club’s president. He then bought Ronaldo, but also Kaka, [Karim] Benzema and Xabi Alonso.
“Real spent so much money and we were told that they needed to make a bit of money back on outgoing transfers.
“For me it was a shame, because I had a very good relationship with the former coach Manuel Pellegrini. In addition, I had perhaps the best pre-season of my career.”