Franck Ribery transfer

Ribery claims trio of clubs interested in his services

March 8, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has claimed there are a few clubs interested in taking him away from Germany in the summer and that he has yet to make up his mind over where he will end up.

Franck Ribery
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Ribery stated that his future would be decided in the next ''two or three'' weeks, but the clubs he cited as interested parties have raised eyebrows as it had been thought that he favoured a move to Spanish league leaders Real Madrid.

''I'm not 100% going to Real,'' he said. ''Barcelona and Chelsea are also very interested. We will see. It will be decided in two to three weeks.''

Reports have suggested that Madrid are now reluctant to pay much more than £20 million after a massive spending spree last summer, but the Bernabeu side are long-term admirers of the Frenchman and his agent has maintained in the past that Madrid would be his favoured destination.

''The player has talked with Zinedine Zidane and he wants to play for Los Blancos for him,'' Alan Migliaccio told RAC-1 last summer.

Barcelona are keen to replace out-of-favour Thierry Henry but have also been tracking Valencia's David Villa and Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas, while Joe Cole's stalled contract negotiations have forced Chelsea's hand in the recruitment of a new midfielder.

Ribery recently insisted that Bayern's ambition was more important than any financial package they put together to try to sway him, so ultimately their progress - or otherwise - in the Champions League could be the deciding factor.