Frenchman will stay with Die Roten, says Rummenigge
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Franck Ribery ain’t going nowhere this summer.
The former European Cup winner quickly dismissed claims that Zinedine Zidane had persuaded the Frenchman to join Real Madrid:
We are very proud to have one of the three best players in the world under contract.
Florentino Perez and his advisor Pedro Jiménez [a member of the Real Madrid board – Ed.] contacted us to ask if we were ready to discuss a transfer. We rejected, as we have no intention to sell Ribery.
Rummenigge remained tight-lipped over the sum being offered for their star midfielder, but revealed three other clubs who have made formal approaches:
Chelsea announced an interest, as did Manchester Utd and Barcelona.
It is not a question of the sum, we want Ribery to remain.
On the basis that Munich could potentially make a €45mprofit on the €25m they paid in 2007, the Bild reporter then asked whether it was more commercially intelligent to let the handsome star go:
If one was to think only commercially, it would be worth a consideration. But football is not only commercial, it is emotional. We did not buy Franck to make money, we bought him to improve our football.
Despite strong rumours that he will leave the Bundesliga this summer, Rummenigge seems adamant that Ribery will stay.
Either that, or he has found an effective strategy of driving up the asking price…