Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014

Franck Ribery calls it a day

Franck Ribery will no longer don France colours. (Source: Reuters) Franck Ribery will no longer don France colours. (Source: Reuters)
Reuters | Berlin | Posted: August 13, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: August 13, 2014 10:31 pm

France winger Franck Ribery is ending his career with the national team to focus on his family, the winger, who missed the 2014 World Cup through injury, said on Wednesday.

“I am stopping,” the 31-year-old told German magazine Kicker. “I realised that this moment has come.

“I want to focus on my family and fully concentrate on my work at Bayern Munich and make way in the national team for the many young and exciting players.”

Ribery won 81 caps and scored 16 goals for France.

Kompany signs five-year contract at Man City

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year contract with the club, the Premier League champions announced on Wednesday.

Kompany, 28, is the most successful captain in the club’s history and penned the new deal to keep him at City until 2019.

“When I arrived in 2008, I could never have dreamed that we could achieve what we have over the last six years but, for me, this is just the start of the journey,” Kompany, who also captains Belgium, told the City website (www.mcfc.co.uk).

“Lifting two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup have been four of the best days of my life but I believe that there are many more of these occasions ahead.”

Since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Hamburg SV six years ago, Kompany has established himself as an integral part of the City defence and one of the finest defenders in Europe.

He joins Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri and David Silva in agreeing a new contract at the big-spending club ahead of the new Premier League season.

City start their title defence at Newcastle United on Sunday.

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