Franck Ribéry has now officially called time on an outstanding footballing career. However, his venture in football will be far from over, with Salernitana boss confirming that the former Bayern Munich attacker will join his coaching staff after retiring from club football.
Ahead of the game against Spezia on Saturday, Salernitana coach Davide Nicola announced that Ribéry would take a role in his coaching set-up after bidding farewell to his club career at the weekend. As quoted by TuttoMercatoWeb, The Granata manager said:
“When you see Franck, you can only have a unique idea. For me, it is a joy that he wants to stay here, albeit in a different role. Having him on our staff is a pleasure. He could have done anything anywhere in the world. But instead, he has agreed to stay with us.
“He will be an all-round collaborator, he is a potential coach because of his personality, knowledge, and ability to play down and read moments. He is now on the other side of the fence and will be able to perceive different dynamics. And I still like his willingness to learn. I hope he can be by my side on the bench tomorrow.”
Ribéry joined Salernitana after leaving Fiorentina on a free transfer in the summer of 2021. Since moving to Salerno, the 39-year-old has made just 25 appearances with no goals to his name. Meanwhile, he has struggled to deal with his knee issues, which have reportedly forced the veteran to retire from football midway into the 2022/23 season.
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