Franck Ribery has admitted he considered leaving Bayern Munich
Ribery is currently in his 10th season at Bayern Munich after joining from Marseille in 2007.
The 33-year-old is reaching the latter stages of his career but remains central to the Bundesliga giants’ plans.
However, he very nearly ended up quitting Bayern back eight years ago.
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Real Madrid ultimately settled for Cristiano Ronaldo
And Ribery has revealed the Red Devils wanted to sign him as Ronaldo’s replacement and also said Chelsea were keen to snap him up.
“Of course I thought about a move,” he told German magazine Kicker.
“In 2008 or 2009, every big club wanted me: Juventus, Inter, Milan, Barca, Real, Chelsea, Manchester…
“In hindsight, I have to thank Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge for speaking regularly to me back then. I’ve now been here for 10 years and have won everything. My family is doing well and I am happy.
Franck Ribery celebrates Bayern's 5-1 win over Arsenal earlier this month
“I have always said Bayern are my last club in Europe. I will play until my knee, my ankle or my back say ‘stop’. If I remain free of injury, I might still have two or three more years at the top level.
“I have a really good relationship with Bayern. I might become a coach after retirement, but with the youth teams.”
Ribery was a key part of the France setup during his time in the squad.
The Bayern ace helped his country reach the World Cup final in 2006 before retiring from international football in 2014.