Franck Ribery was unveiled as a new Salernitana player during the presentation of the team at the Arechi. ‘I’m very happy to be with you and my new team’.
The French winger, who spent the last two seasons with Fiorentina in Serie A, was announced a new Salernitana player today and then presented to the fans.
Ribery vowed to help the club fight for safety in 2021-22 and said a few words to the fans when announcing his arrival today. The 38-year-old has agreed a one-year deal with the Granata, with an option for a further year if the team stays up.
“Good evening everyone, I’m very happy to be with you, my new team and with the new coach,” Ribery said.
“We all have one goal, to stay up. I will give my best for all of you, for the club and for the team. Thank you, all.”
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“The team is the most important thing, and I must be able to help the younger players,” the Frenchman continued.
“Negotiations didn’t take long, I spoke to sporting director Fabiani in a video conference and he transmitted all his motivation. I felt the fans’ love even before arriving.
“I am feeling well, but I am not here to have fun. I still have a lot to prove. Serie A is a difficult league and I’ll need to give my best. It’s easy to train alone, but it’s not as easy to train with the team, I’ll try to get fit as soon as possible.
“I live for football, had I lived for money, I wouldn’t be here.
“My family was vital for my choice, I had to explain my decision and it was not easy to tell my children that dad had to leave again. I had to talk to them because I could not decide on my own.
“I already feel at home, it’s like I’ve been here for two or three years already. Now I must prove my worth and help the team.”