Fiorentina seals Franck Ribery signing

Fiorentina has finalised the capture of former France international Franck Ribery on a free transfer.

Franck Ribery with the DFB-Pokal trophy.   -  Getty Images - Bongarts

Franck Ribery has completed a move to Serie A side Fiorentina following his departure from Bayern Munich.

Ribery, 36, became a free agent when his Bayern contact expired at the end of June.

The French winger spent 12 years in Bavaria, winning nine Bundesliga titles, and was given a warm welcome by Fiorentina fans when he flew into Florence on Wednesday.

The length of the deal has not been confirmed, but reports in Italy indicate it will run for two years.

 

Vincenzo Montella could potentially include Ribery in his squad for Saturday's season opener at home to Napoli, which is coached by former Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Premier League club Sheffield United, A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers and teams in Saudi Arabia and Qatar had all been linked to the former Marseille star.

Ribery made 25 appearances and 10 starts in his final Bundesliga campaign, scoring six goals.