Ribery ended his time with Bayern with nine Bundesliga titles and one Champions League trophy, and along with Arjen Robben, ensured that the club stayed on top in Germany. Although Robben has retired from the game, Ribery chose to continue and will now ply his trade at Fiorentina.
Montella was happy that the player chose to move to Fiorentina, but also cautioned fans that they may not see the player starting for the team very soon.
"He is an extraordinary player, he's eager and we believe he can express himself here," Montella told Sky Sport Italia, according to Goal. "He had his first training session today, but I was the only other one there, so I put my boots on after many years and had a kick-about. We'll see over the next few days how he responds to training and he is very determined. But we should take it easy. He was a little rusty, as was I."
It remains to be seen how Ribery will fare in a side that finished 16th last season, especially after playing with quality players around him for so long. The Frenchman has reportedly signed a two-year contract but it is very likely that he will feature far less than what he would have during his time with Bayern.