Transfer news

Bayern issue hands-off warning

February 12, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned Inter, Chelsea and Real Madrid that Bayern Munich's star players are not for sale.

Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger
GettyImagesBayern have no intention of selling the likes of Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Franck Ribery has regularly been linked with a move away from Bayern in recent years, while Bastian Schweinsteiger was said to have been considering his future in the summer and Chelsea are reported to have expressed an interest in Mario Gomez in January.

However, Rummenigge, the club's executive board chairman, insists everyone is well aware that Bayern have no interest in parting with any of their key players.

Asked if Inter president Massimo Moratti had made an enquiry for Ribery, Rummenigge told Il Corriere dello Sport: "No, because he knows Gomez, Ribery and Robben are not for sale.

"They know this in Milan, and also in London and Madrid. Bayern do not sell their prized assets.

"As for Schweinsteiger, I have never had contact with Inter because he is not for sale. He grew up at Bayern and is important for the team. We extended his deal, and selling him was never in our thoughts."