Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested that 2018/19 will be the final season at the club for both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
The veteran stars are into the last year of their deals, having signed extensions with the club this summer. However, given their ages, the Bayern chief is keen to see them give way to younger talent next year.
Rummenigge, who accompanied the side on their tour of the United States, sat down to discuss Bayern’s Die Roten’s affairs with heads of NBA and NFL teams recently and spoke to the futures of the aforementioned pair.
Rummenigge on Robben and Ribéry: “We didn’t extend their contracts by chance. We’ve discussed whether it’s a good idea to renew with a 34 and a 35 year old. They showed against Juventus and Man City that they still have quality. The second goal v City, simply world class” [TZ] pic.twitter.com/TDNdn4p4Bn
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Rummenigge also commented on the speculation regarding Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski,
“We have a completely different philosophy than other clubs,” he said. “With Franck we once had this little problem when Chelsea and Real were after him.
“Franck also showed cravings, but we told him that we would not sell him. And now he is one of the happiest footballers in the world, because he has found his home in Bavaria and Munich. I think he too is glad that we made that decision that way. With players one must show clear attitude.”