Franck Ribery signs for Fiorentina on free transfer

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) – Franck Ribery joined Italian club Fiorentina yesterday, another big signing for a team under new American ownership.

Fiorentina did not announce the length of Ribery’s contract but Italian media reported that the 36-year-old Frenchman signed a two-year deal. Ribery was a free agent after 12 seasons with Bayern Munich, which included a Champions League title in 2013.

Fiorentina earlier posted footage on its website of Ribery landing in Florence on a private jet to complete his signing.

Kevin-Prince Boateng, who also joined Fiorentina in the offseason, posted a photo on Twitter of him and Ribery in the club colours.

Ribery will be presented at a news conference today. The Stadio Artemio Franchi will be open to fans “to give everyone the chance to welcome the new viola player”.

Fiorentina were bought by cable television businessman Rocco Commisso in June after finishing 16th in Serie A last season, narrowly avoiding relegation.

Commisso, who also owns the New York Cosmos, reportedly paid about EUR160 million.

Fiorentina won the last of its two Italian titles 50 years ago. Its most recent trophy was the Italian Cup 18 years ago.

Franck Ribery waves to fans upon his arrival in Florence, Italy.
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