Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has confirmed that his club received a bid of €65 million plus Jose Bosingwa from Chelsea for Franck Ribery in the summer.
Chelsea were one of several clubs interested in the French winger, but Hoeness told Bild that it was the “best bid”.
However, it still fell short of the Bavarian club’s €100 million valuation of the 26-year-old, which is why they rejected the offer.
“We never received an offer over 100 million,” he said. “The best bid game from Chelsea: 65 million plus the player Bosingwa. We also received other offers of 76 and 80 million.”
However, Hoeness denies ever being truly tempted into selling Ribery, who he claims had not asked for a move either.
“He never came to us and said he wanted to leave at any price,” revealed Hoeness. “He always said to us that he would like to move to Real Madrid, but that if we wanted to keep him, then it was not a problem. (Selling him) was never a real consideration.
“However, we want to create the conditions which give Franck the feeling that he can achieve something here in Munich. If he cannot see this potential, then he will leave.”
Bayern are currently struggling but Hoeness said that Ribery would be staying unless the club decides otherwise.
“If FC Bayern says no, then Franck stays,” he said.