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Guardiola ponders No. 10 role for Ribery

The Frenchman has revealed the new Bayern Munich coach wants to play him more centrally as he explores new tactical options at the European champions.

Franck Ribery has claimed he has been asked to play as a No. 10 under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich next season.

The France star was sensational for the European champions last season, scoring 13 times and notching 27 assists from the left wing as Bayern romped to a historic treble triumph. The 30-year-old has revealed he could be shifted to a more central role under Guardiola next season, though, as the Spanish coach considers tactical changes to Jupp Heynckes' blueprint.

“He asked me which position I prefer to play and if I could possibly play on the 10,” Ribery told L’Equipe. “I answered that I am flexible on the offensive. He has many ideas.”

Guardiola made an instant impression in his opening press conference as Bayern coach, admitting he had been tempted to join the club by its illustrious history and exceptional current playing squad, and Ribery admitted it was a pleasure to hear the former Barcelona man speak in such glowing terms.

“That was great,” he added. “You feel immediately what he wants to do. He will make us even better.”

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