Bayern deny they are ready to sell Ribery

German Football
By German Football June 17, 2009 21:38

Bayern deny they are ready to sell Ribery

Bayern Munich have denied reports earlier on Wednesday that they were preparing to sell midfielder Franck Ribery.

Franck Ribery
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Quotes attributed to club president Franz Beckenbauer in the Sport Bild magazine suggested they had decided to allow their star player to move clubs: “We discussed the issue at our last board meeting and we all agreed that, if he really wants to leave, then we will deal with the issue.”

However, Bayern have now come out to say the article was a “false announcement and does not reflect the truth”. Even so, it is sure to alert those interested that there is the possibility of a deal before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

“There is no such resolution by the advisory board of FC Bayern Munich AG which includes the issue of a sale of the player Franck Ribery,” explained the club in an official statement.

“The transfer (sale) of a player does not need the approval of the advisory board, according to the constitution of the FC Bayern Munich AG board of directors.

“The FC Bayern Munich AG board of directors have made the overwhelming resolution that the player Franck Ribery is not for sale.”

The Bundesliga side have previously refused to consider selling the France international unless they receive a “crazy offer”.

Real Madrid were thought to be favourites to sign the 26-year-old but stated earlier this week that they felt he was too expensive. That could mean Manchester United step to the front of the queue as they look to spend some of the £80m set to come their way from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to the Bernabeu.

Barcelona and Chelsea, eager to sign top players in a younger age bracket, will also be watching with interest as to how the transfer saga develops in the coming weeks.

Previously it was though Bayern would look for €75m for Ribery, but if the player has suggested he wishes to move on the German outfit will not have such a position of power over the fee they demand.

Chelsea, United and Barca have already made firm enquiries about the playmaker.

But Real could come back into the running by offering Bayern some of their Dutch stars, who are all set to leave the club, as a makeweight. Reports in Spain suggest Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder have both been put forward as options for new Bayern’s new Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

[Soccernet]

German Football
By German Football June 17, 2009 21:38
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