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Ribery: I hope Coman can become the next me at Bayern


Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery says he is hopeful Kingsley Coman can be the "next Ribery" and believes he can improve even further at the Allianz Arena.

The 19-year-old is enjoying an impressive season with Pep Guardiola’s side after joining the club on loan from Juventus in August.

The teenager has also forced his way into the French national team, scoring his first international goal in the friendly against Russia on Tuesday and the 32-year-old has spoken of his young team-mate’s desire to be “the next Ribery.”

"I hope he could be. I speak French with him a lot," he told Goal. "Kingsley has not had an easy time until now. He didn't play much in Paris or at Juventus.

"When he came to Munich, he put a lot of effort in. He is free in his head and just plays football. He is doing a good job.

"Nevertheless, he can become even better. At the age of 19 he needs time for his development and has to learn from the older ones in the squad."

Ribery also says he is doing his utmost to help Coman and the other young players in the Bayern team and says they are at the right club to develop their careers.

"I want to help the talents, I want to help them improve and I'm working hard at it. Life is hard as well. I played at 17, 18 years old in the third division - that's a completely different world," he added.

"Bayern offers the young guys a huge opportunity. I'm not a person who expects more respect from them. I hate that. In my long career I have experienced a lot, but never changed.

"I appreciate every guy, whether he is a footballer or a cook. If one talent manages to get to the first team, I am his first friend. It was the same with Alaba and others, as it is now with Kingsley."

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Ribery’s return to fitness has been a boost for Bayern and he says he is feeling fit and looking forward to the rest of the season.

"It's getting better and better. Physically I feel hundred per cent fit. I can give everything and my pace is back," he explained.

"After my injury I got a lot of minutes, so I could get into my stride. Training is good, but games are completely different.

"After 90 minutes against Bremen I was in the starting line-up against Juventus – and played over 101 minutes. I hope I can remain at my top-level and stay fit for the future."