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The Frenchman would consider a move to a lesser league before retiring but would not consider playing for any team other than Bayern on the continent

Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery says he could not think about playing for another club in Europe, but would consider a move to the USA or UAE when he is older.

The Frenchman has been at the Allianz Arena since 2006 and led the Bavarian outfit to five trophies in 2013 with a string of devestating performances.

He is under contract with the German champions until the summer of 2017, and though he would consider playing in a lesser league before retiring, he would not play for one of their Champions League rivals.

"In Europe, there will be no other club, but it would be a bonus for me if there can be another continent after that,” he told Kicker.

“I could be tempted to go to a country like the USA or maybe the [United Arab] Emirates, but I would not count that as part of my real career.

"I hope I can play at this level for as long as possible, but I don’t think about it. I enjoy the moment. Of course, I am 30 and I am getting older.

"In a couple of years I will not be able to play like this anymore. But I will try to push back that date as long as possible.”

Ribery is one of the final three candidates for the Ballon d'Or, and though he says that every Bayern player deserves credit for their medal haul, he feels he has done enough to merit the award.

"We are all winners. I know how I played and what I have won. You just have to look at the stats. It can’t get any better.

"What else should I do? Looking at the year as a whole, I may indeed have done enough to deserve the Ballon d’Or."