Bayern Munich have denied reports winger Franck Ribery has signed a new contract with the club until the summer of 2018.
The former France international’s current deal at Allianz-Arena is due to expire at the end of this season, but French newspaper L’Equipe reported on Thursday the 33-year-old has already signed a one-year contract extension.
Die Roten have now moved to dismiss those claims, although it is believed the reigning Bundesliga champions will open talks with Ribery over a new deal in the near future.
“Thursday’s edition of French newspaper L’Equipe reports that Bayern and Ribery have reached an agreement over a renewal until 2018.
This report is wrong,” a brief statement on the club’s website read Ribery has struggled with injuries over recent campaigns, starting just 19 league matches since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, including four this season, and he has not featured for the Bavarians since September due to a muscle problem.
The former Marseille winger could however return to competitive action this weekend, as Carlo Ancelotti’s men face a potentially crucial league match against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
Bayern are currently top of the Budnesliga standings on goal difference, but they can move nine points clear of fifth-place Dortmund with a victory this weekend.
The Bavarians are priced at 2.10 to win the match, while BVB are available at 3.60 and the draw is on offer at 3.50.