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Ribery desperate to impress
19 Aug 2010 - 14:54:30
Bayern Munich's French forward Franck Ribery is desperate to impress during the new season, having suffered problems both on and off the pitch in the last 12 months.
The 27-year-old was troubled by a groin injury for much of last season, before enduring a torrid time with his country at the World Cup finals, with his part in the clash with coach Raymond Domenech leading to a three-match suspension.
Ribery told SPORT1: "Last season was extremely sad for me, my family and all people concerned.
"This season I am planning to be fit for 100 per cent and go through every single game. I am going to have a great season.
"Bayern Munich is big club with important people and great staff. It is like a family and that is important. I could imagine playing on at the club until my retirement."
Meanwhile, Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness has demanded great things from Ribery after last season's disappointments.
He told the Deutsche Presseagentur: "The club always remained loyal to Franck and he is aware that this was no matter of course, looking at all those problems he had.
"I like to see him saying he wants to make a big impact in the new season. He needs to be extra motivated at this point in time."