With Franck Ribery (l.) approaching the end of his Bayern Munich career, fellow Frenchman Kingsley Coman (r.) is keen to step up and fill the void at the club. - © gettyimages / Sebastian Widmann
With Franck Ribery (l.) approaching the end of his Bayern Munich career, fellow Frenchman Kingsley Coman (r.) is keen to step up and fill the void at the club. - © gettyimages / Sebastian Widmann
Bundesliga

Kingsley Coman: "I'm not the new Franck Ribery at Bayern Munich"

They may both be French, play on the wing and lace their boots for Bayern Munich, but Kingsley Coman insists he is no Franck Ribery 2.0 at the record Bundesliga champions.

Coman is just feeling his way back from an ankle injury sustained on Matchday 1 that kept him out of action for three months and made his return in the 2-1 victory over Werder Bremen last week.

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In a way it was fitting that the man he replaced in that game as a 38th-minute substitute was Ribery. The 35-year-old veteran is in the twilight of his playing career, with Coman – 13 years his junior - touted as the long-term candidate to fill the void on Bayern's left flank.

However, while Coman is full of admiration for his countryman, he's keen to forge his own path in Niko Kovac's side. "Nobody can replace Franck Ribery," he told AZ. "There's only one Franck and nobody will ever be like him. He's a wonderful role model for me. It's my aim to do as well as him, but in my own way."

He is already well on the way to doing so. Now in his fourth season at Bayern, Coman has already won three Bundesliga titles and the DFB Cup, as well as contributing nine goals and 11 assists in 65 league outings to date.

Yet his thirst for success is still far from quenched: "Obviously it's a dream of mine to become as important at Bayern as Ribery and [Arjen] Robben are. I want to fulfill the expectations the club have of me and I want to play an important role in the future. Both of those players really are icons – they've performed for the last ten years and had great success. I want to stay at Bayern for a long time and have a similar career to theirs."

There seems to be little doubt that will happen, especially as Kovac is a fan of his young charge, calling him "a top player" and "someone who gives us a different dynamic".

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