France international Ribery joins Bayern

8th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

MUNICH, Germany, June 7, 2007 (AFP) - French international midfielder Franck Ribery has joined Bayern Munich from Marseille in a four-year deal, the German giants announced on Thursday.

MUNICH, Germany, June 7, 2007 (AFP) - French international midfielder Franck Ribery has joined Bayern Munich from Marseille in a four-year deal, the German giants announced on Thursday.

Less than 24 hours after helping France to a 1-0 win in their Euro 2008 qualifier against Georgia in Paris, Ribery was in Munich to meet his new employers.

Bayern have also confirmed the signing of Italian World Cup winning striker Luca Toni in a deal reported to be worth 11 million euros.

"We are very proud to have recruited two world-class players in Luca Toni and Franck Ribéry after a difficult year for Bayern," said a delighted Uli Hoeness, Bayern's general manager.

Having arrived at Marseille in 2005 as an unknown, Ribery drew plenty of attention with superb performances at last year's World Cup as he helped his side reach the final.

He previously played for French first division side Metz and Turkish giants Galatasaray, the attacking midfielder will lead Bayern's attack and fill the role left by Michael Ballack's departure to Chelsea last year.

"Everything went well," he told waiting reporters in Munich after passing the medical. "I am happy I could help Munich."

The 24-year-old was all smiles when he left the Munich clinic where he had his medical.

Ribery's transfer deal is estimated to be 25 million euros, which would make him the most expensive player in Bayern's history.

Bayern finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, their worst performance for 10 years and they missed out on a place in next season's Champions League for the first time since 1996.


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