Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Ribery confirms Barcelona interest

Asked about the rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona (read more here), Bayern Munich wing attacker and French international Franck Ribéry (25) is quoted as saying in an interview with German sports weekly paper Sport Bild that he knows about the interest:

"I know that Barcelona wants me. I use to talk regularly with my agent. I feel honoured but at this moment I'm only thinking about Bayern.

I feel very comfortable at this club although it's true that I have said that I don't see myself staying until 2011 when my contract expires because many clubs are interested to sign me. There have already been offers by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City. And it wasn't me who forced them to move."

In an interview with Munich tabloid TZ, Ribery said: "At this moment I'm not thinking about a transfer. I feel very good in Munich, the people like me, I like the fans, there's a good atmosphere among the players, so everything is fine. I don't know what cen happen in the summer but now I'm only thinking about what we can win with the team this season. I'm interested in nothing else.

But when people start speculating about my future, I can't do anything about that, that's not my fault. There are a lot of European clubs I dream of. But I repeat: I feel excellent in Munich. I have a contract until 2011. Everyone treats me and my family well. I feel at home here. What will happen next season, nobody knows. It's far too early to talk about that. I sure won't worry about my own future. We'll see..."

Asked about the presumed interest of AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona, Ribéry said last week in an interview with French paper Le Monde: "So Barça is interested? (laughs) All the clubs you're mentioning make you dream but I feel very good at Bayern. I have a contract with the club until 2011. Everyone is good towards me and my German is getting better. I feel at home. On the other hand, I cannot stay indifferent when those big clubs ask for me. We will see what will happen... "

Catalan sports paper Sport claims that Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain is convinced that Ribéry could be the missing piece on the left wing. Bayern would have accepted that the Frenchman will probably leave this summer and the German club will start listening to offers soon. Because Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer wouldn't be pleased with the way Real Madrid is acting on the transfer market, he would prefer to sell Ribéry to Barcelona.

Read more:
Ribery and Lahm approached by Begiristain
Manchester United forward Tevez offered
Ribery or Gourcuff to replace Henry next summer


Anonymous said...

Sounds like he is happy where he is but would not mind if he went to another big club. Seems like a classy guy. He signed a contract and is willing to honour it if the club want him to. I would like to see him at barca. But i'd prefer lahm first honestly.

Anonymous said...

Ribery is good guy and also perfect soccer player , but the position he plays it's very difficult if we sign him .
We already have Messi and Alves playing perfect on the right side , anyway he can also play on the Left Side so still there is a chance to sign him and sell Henry , so Ribery can play on Henrys position .

Anonymous said...

Yep Franc is all class and just a brilliant player. I don't mind him staying at Bayern another season and us keeping Henry for one more year. He is the best LAM option though and will be very expensive. Perhaps getting Lahm will be the greater need.

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