The French playmaker has won six Bundesliga titles and the Champions League at Bayern since moving to the Allianz Arena from Marseille in 2007.

But it could have been very different for Ribery, who emerged as a target for several clubs after an impressive impact in Germany.

The 33-year-old has now revealed he considered leaving the German giants, but ultimately decided to reject the advances of clubs including Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

‘Of course I thought about a move,’ he told Kicker. ‘In 2008 or 2009, every big club wanted me: Juventus, Inter, Milan, Barca, Real, Chelsea, Manchester…

‘In hindsight, I have to thank Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge for speaking regularly to me back then. I’ve now been here for 10 years and have won everything. My family is doing well and I am happy.