Franck Ribery says that the new contingent of players at the Allianz Arena is full of promise and also admits that he's starting to feel his age.
Ribery is on the verge of starting his tenth season at FC Bayern München, having signed for the German champions from Marseille in June 2007.
The veteran winger, who played a total of 228 Bundesliga matches for the Bavarian club, spoke with the club's official website about the upcoming season and how his own personal preparations have changed over the years.
“Good," The France international responded when asked how pre-season training regime is progressing. "Obviously a lot of players still aren’t back, but the youngsters who are training with us are doing well. They have quality.
"After the tour in China we’ll be complete and then we’ll be working hard to be ready for the first match of the season,” he added.
When asked whether his maturity has affected his ability to slot back into training after a break, Ribery was upfront about the fact that he needs to take his age into consideration.
"It’s certainly different nowadays," he said. "I’m 34 years-old, my body’s changed. I never used to do stretching or massages, but now I need them after every training session. I also get moving 20 minutes before training. My body demands it, I have to accept that.”
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Ribery went on to elaborate on what new players learn about the club soon after their arrival.
“When you come to Bayern, you need to know that you’re always expected to win here," he stated. "You always have to be focused and give everything for the club and the fans.
"Your only thought must be: win, win, win! Every game! If you’ve won a game in midweek, you need to forget it the next day because on Saturday you need to win again."