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Ribery refuses to be drawn on future at Bayern

February 10, 2009

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is refusing to commit himself to the club beyond the end of this season but insists he is happy at the Bundesliga club.

The France international has a deal till 2011 but could be a transfer target for many next summer, after recently admitting he did not know whether he would complete his contracted stay.

"There are lots of clubs in Europe who I dream of (playing for)," Ribery told Munich's Tz newspaper. "Nobody knows what will happen next season. It is far too early to talk about it.

"At the moment, I am not even considering a transfer. I feel very happy in Munich - the people love me, and I love the fans.

"There is a great atmosphere in the team, and everything is fantastic."

Despite suggestions of interest from Real Madrid, Bayern's general manager Uli Hoeness recently said the 25-year-old is not for sale at any price.

But Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer knows it may be hard to keep hold of Ribery if a serious offer did arrive.

"Clubs cannot hold on to players against their will," he told Premiere television. "In the end, the player always wins if there is a battle - so if he really wants to move to Real Madrid, then why not?

"Bayern will do everything to keep him. But he does only have a contract until 2011 - and could move before then."