Frenchman Franck Ribery, 38, has decided to continue in Serie A by joining newcomer Salernitana, the club announced on Monday.
Ribery’s two-year contract with Fiorentina expired on June 30, without the latter offering to renew it, as the player had hoped.
And the club announced in a statement: “Frank Ribery has become a player in the ranks of Salernitana.”
The French star signed his new contract for one season, with the possibility of renewing it for an additional year, and was received by hundreds of fans at the club’s stadium.
“It’s an incredible passion, and that’s why I came to Salerno (…). I came to offer my experience to the team,” the player explained during a press conference.
The main task for Ribery, who is now considered by the club’s fans as “Maradona Salernitana”, will be to help the club remain in the Italian league in which he is participating for the third time in its history, and the first since the 1998-99 season.
The submerged team, which was owned by current Lazio president Claudio Lotito before he was forced to sell it due to the league’s laws that prevent any owner from owning two clubs within the same league, started the current season with two losses against Bologna 2-3 and Roma 0-4.
Ribery will receive about one and a half million euros for the entire season, and the deal was settled in recent days, according to what many media outlets indicated.
Since the end of his contract with Fiorentina, the former French international has been training without interruption, and the name of the former Bayern Munich star has been associated with moving to several Italian clubs previously, such as Sampdoria, Hellas Verona and Lazio.
During his career with Fiorentina, Ribery played some beautiful matches in the league, scoring 5 goals in 50 matches, but he suffered from injuries.
Ribery will join his ninth club in his career after having had previous experiences with several French clubs such as Bologna, Brest, Metz and Marseille, in addition to the Turkish Galatasaray, most notably with Bayern Munich, who won all the titles with him.