Barcelona get Ribery deal

May 1, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog 
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ribery_barca-signs Barcelona have reached agreement with Bayern Munich to sign French forward Franck Ribery, according to reports in Spain.

Ribery has been a long-term target for Barca and the Catalan outfit are rumoured to have a struck a deal with Bayern to sign the 26-year-old winger this summer.

El Mundo Deportivo claims that representatives of the two clubs met with Ribery’s agent Alain Migliaccio in Ibiza, agreeing a £30million cash-plus-player deal.

The France international has two years left on his Bayern contract and it is thought Barca have offered a four-year deal, although the club are yet to comment on the story.Madrid and also Manchester united wanted Ribery but all looks like he will be on his way to Barca.

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FC Metz (2004-2005)
When Ribery was spotted by coach Jean Fernandez, he signed his first professional contract with Ligue 1 club FC Metz. In August 2004, one month only after his professional debut, he was named Player of the Month. Playing on the right wing, his accelerations made him famous and people were comparing him to another French midfielder, Robert Pires, who was playing for Arsenal at that time. In January 2005, he signed a four year contract with the Turkish club Galatasaray S.K. In 6 months only with Metz, he scored 2 goals in 21 appearances.

Galatasaray S.K. (2005)
Ribery spent only 5 months in Turkey and got his nickname “Ferrarribery” because of his amazing accelerations. He helped his team wining the 2005 Turkish Cup by scoring the wining goal in the semi-finals and scoring a goal and assisting another one in the final. However, he decided to leave because the club was not paying him. He started in 17 games and scored 2 goals in all competitions. He moved back to France in July 2005 and signed a new contract with Olympique de Marseilles, one of the best teams in France.

Olympique de Marseilles (2005-2007)
The 2 years he spent with the French club were very successful for Ribery. He imposed himself as a playmaker in the first few games, and let his team to win the 2005 Intertoto Cup. In 2006, he was named French Young Player of the Year and scored one of the fastest goal of the season against Nantes, 13 seconds after the beginning of the game! Runner-up of the 2006 Coupe de France and the 2007 Coupe de France, he also finished at the 2nd place with his team in Le Championnat behind Lyon. During those 2 years, he started in 68 games and scored 14 goals, in all competitions. On June 7th, 2007, he signed a four year contract with Bayern Munich for a €26Million fee, establishing a new club record fee for Marseilles.

Bayern Munich (2007-present)
On July 6th, 2007, Bayern Munich was playing a friendly game against FT Gern : Ribery made his first appearance with his new team and scored 2 goals (the game ended 18-0 for Bayern Munich!!!).On July 21st, 2007, he played his first official game in Germany against Werder Bremen in the first round of the German League Cup and scored 2 goals. In the semi-finals, he netted a penalty and led his team to the final. However, after a minor injury, he was enable to play the final, which was won by Bayern Munich 1-0 over Schalke 04. Thanks to him and the perfect cooperation with his new team-mates Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose, Bayern Munich is actually leading the German Championship

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