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Ulreich backs Ribery for Bayern extension

Sven Ulreich believes Franck Ribery still has plenty to offer at Bayern Munich and deserves a contract extension at the Allianz Arena.

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Ulreich backs Ribery for Bayern extension

Franck Ribery may be 34 but Sven Ulreich is confident the former France international can continue to be a mainstay of Bayern Munich's side for another two years.

Ribery wants to stay at Bayern "as long as possible"

Ribery's current deal at the Allianz Arena is due to expire in June but he has expressed a desire to remain with the Bundesliga leaders.

Speaking after Bayern's 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, Ribery said: "My aim is to stay at Bayern Munich for as long as possible."

And team-mate Ulreich believes Ribery will still have plenty to offer Bayern until well into his 37th year.

"It's just nice to have such a man in our ranks," the goalkeeper told Bild am Sonntag.

"Even at almost 35, he shows the youngsters where to go. He is a professional and gives 100 per cent in every training session.

"When he plays he is one of the best, I think he can still play for Bayern for a year or two."