Franck Ribery says he wants to finish career at Bayern Munich

Bayer Leverkusen 1 Bayern Munich 3 Leaders open up 14-point lead with comfortable win

But Ribery pledged his future to the Bavarians when asked about his future plans and about Friday's match: "My aim is to stay at Bayern Munich for as long as possible".

"Mark Uth is now the best German goal scorer in the Bundesliga and will really improve our attacking options from the summer", said Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel.

"We have to keep going and not look at the table because that doesn't win us points". He made the last of four senior appearances for Bayern when he came off the bench for Franck Ribery in the closing seconds of the 1-1 draw with Hamburg on 2 September, 2007.

As well as remaining unbeaten in 12 league matches - a run that includes fixtures against every top six side - they recorded an impressive 1-0 cup win away at Borussia Monchengladbach in their final game of 2017.

Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, who will again deputise for the injured Manuel Neuer, added: "They're risky opponents who break forward quickly".

With Mats Hummels out with a groin injury, Niklas Suele partnered Jerome Boateng at centre-back.

An opener from Javi Martinez and a stoppage-time free kick from James Rodriguez sealed the three points, which see Jupp Heynckes' side go 14 points clear of Schalke atop the league table.

Robben swung in a cross which Arturo Vidal headed on target, Bayer defender Sven Bender blocked the attempt, but the ball fell to Martinez who fired home. Jamaican winger Leon Bailey has been one of the most exciting young players in Germany.

Tillman is expected to turn up for a U-20 training camp with the U.S.in March 2018 under coach Tab Ramos, who told Goal.com that the youngster is "ready to go and ready to join" the American youth squad.

Germany striker Volland, who is on the fringes of the national team, tested Ulreich and then took his chance.

However Rodriguez, on loan from Real Madrid, showed his class by cooly slotting home a free-kick on the edge of the area after being fouled just outside the box.

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