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Real Madrid accept defeat in Ribery swoop?

July 8, 2009
By Soccernet Staff
Real Madrid's huge summer spending spree may be over after they admitted defeat in their pursuit of Franck Ribery and balked at the prices quoted for Maicon and Xabi Alonso.

The France playmaker was tipped to be the next mega-money arrival at the Bernabeu after the captures of Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema.

But Madrid's director general Jorge Valdano now says the 26-year-old is likely to remain at Bayern Munich. He told Radio Marca: "With Ribery there is a feeling that he ...

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