France international Franck Ribery was seen training the future talents at the Allianz junior football camp.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has been struggling with form and injuries of late. He netted just two times for the German Champions and provided just three assists in the last campaign, which were below the usual contribution from the player.
Ribery suffured an injury last summer so he couldn’t make his first start till December, and he played just 13 matches before heading back. The 33-year old player has one more year on his current deal, even though he would likely get an extension from the club’s management, his lack of match fitness could mean him ending his career sooner than he would love to.
His injuries and career worries didn’t stop him from joining the team to speak to young talents. The Allianz Junior Football camp initiative invites over 75 youngsters from over 25 countries to experience what it feels like being a player at Bayern Munich. They get to train with the team’s coaches and attend a Bundesliga game at the Allianz Arena, as well as meet some of the Bayern Munich squad.
Last year Franck Ribery met with a lot of the kids and spoke about his experience. He said: “Being able to engage with the young footballers was great because it reminded me of when I started out and was learning the game. I was pleased to be able to share some of my knowledge and help them as others have done with me in my progression.”
The talented winger would have to impress incoming coach Carlos Ancelotti to get a chance to return to the team when he returns to full fitness. The team has had a lot of joiners to play the wings so the Frenchman would have to double his efforts to make the first team.