Title win decent gift for Ribery’s birthday, Heynckes says
Ribery has enjoyed great success since swapping Marseille for Munich in 2007 and is set to equal the record for Bundesliga titles wins – joining Bayern greats Oliver Kahn, Mehmet Scholl, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Victory over Augsburg this weekend would make it six in a row for Bayern and, according to Heynckes, give Ribery the perfect birthday gift.
“I don’t know [the plans for his birthday] yet, but the best present would be a championship,” Heynckes told a media conference.
“To be able to celebrate an eighth championship on his 35th birthday would be outstanding.
“Even Franz Beckenbauer didn’t achieve that [eight titles], it’s incredible.”
Whether Ribery plays remains uncertain, though, as Heynckes looks to keep the 34-year-old fresh for the rest of the season, with Bayern chasing another treble.
“He has played Saturday [against Borussia Dortmund] and Tuesday [against Sevilla], so I will have to talk to him to see how he feels,” Heynckes added.
“Maybe he’ll be an assistant next to me on the bench! I’d prefer that!”
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