Franck Ribery urged to pursue Middle East move

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi has urged Franck Ribery to pursue a move to the Middle East in the future. The former France international has just six months left on his existing deal, and talks are said to be underway by Bayern Munich to extend his contract for another season.

However, in an interview with Bild, Xavi believes Ribery should consider a move to Qatar where the Frenchman could play alongside at Al Sadd. The Barcelona legend also talked up the luxurious life in the country whilst trying to persuade the 2006 World Cup finalist.

He said: "It would be great for everyone here. Also for Ribery. The quality of life here is fantastic, it's a great country, good for family life. Our daughter Asia, for example, was born in Doha. It is comfortable and everyone is happy. Of course, the footballing level is different than in Europe, but it would be nice for him to move here. I would like to play with him. It would be nice if he will come to us."

Ribery joined the Bavarian giants from French side Marseille back in 2007, and he has since been highly successful, claiming seven Bundesliga titles, one Club World Cup and the prestigious Champions League. Injuries have hampered in the progress in the latter stages of his career, but Bayern have maintained their patience in the Frenchman, who was once a top-three contender for the Ballon d'Or.

Similar to Robben, Ribery is approaching the final six months of his Bayern contract, but the club's hierarchy appear keen to prolong his stay until the summer at the least. Bayern Munich made a stuttering start to the campaign, where they found themselves six points off the summit, but the change of management has done wonders, and they are currently on course to lift their six successive Bundesliga crown.