Bayern Munich will have to endure a “brutal fight” to keep hold of Franck Ribery despite having a contract with the Germany champions until 2011, team manager Uli Hoeness has admitted.
Bayern have repeatedly insisted they do not want to sell the French playmaker for any figure after he steered them to a domestic league and cup double in his first season last year.
But Hoeness acknowledged there were leading European clubs who would be prepared to spend large amounts of money to lure away.
“Our aim is to do everything to keep him,” Hoeness told Bild. “But it will be a brutal fight. For sure there will be questions coming in for him and so it is important that we do not budge and express ourselves very clearly so as to keep him.”
Hoeness said it was agents who had the biggest interest in securing moves for top players because of the commissions they stood to earn.
“If there is unrest then the advisers are waiting for their chance. Advisers are making money when players are transferred and not when they play for years at one club,” he said.