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Ribery signs new Bayern deal

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June 6, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Franck Ribery will remain at Bayern Munich until 2017 © Getty Images
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Bayern Munich have announced that Franck Ribery and Daniel van Buyten have extended their contracts until 2017 and 2014 respectively.

Ribery, 30, played a leading role for Bayern as they clinched the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal last season, and he has agreed to extend his existing deal by two years.

"I am delighted to stay in Munich," the France winger said. "I promised the fans, and now I have put pen to paper.

"For my family and me, FC Bayern has become a second home, and I am convinced that there will be trophies to win and defend for this team during the next couple of years."

Belgium centre-back Van Buyten, 35, also agreed to stay on for a further year.

"We all know what we have here," Van Buyten said. "Right now there is no better, no more solid and, most of all, no more successful club. I am delighted to be able to help the club defend our titles next season."

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expressed his delight at keeping "two key players" at the Allianz Arena.

"Franck and Daniel achieved outstanding things last season," he added. "We were able to rely on them at all times and, especially in the most important games, they have often made the difference."

Meanwhile, reports suggesting attacker Mario Gomez, 27, will be leaving the club have grown stronger.

Gomez's agent, Uli Ferber, told Kicker that the striker intends to move on and that he had informed Rummenigge of his plans on Wednesday.

However, he added: "We have definitely not made a decision about a new club."

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