Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has declared the ongoing saga of Franck Ribery to be over and insisted the Frenchman will stay at the German club.
“Ribery is not for sale,” Hoeness told TZ. “This is not a bazaar, he is going to stay and that’s it. We are not in the market for bargaining even for 70 million euros or more.”
The 26-year-old is known to have been attracted by the lure of Real Madrid, but the Spanish club baulked at the €80 million price tag set by Bayern for the France international.
Last week, Real Madrid resigned themselves to the fact that they would not be able to recruit him. Real’s director general Jorge Valdano said: “We have the feeling that Ribery will not quit Bayern this season,
“Bayern finds many ways to say no, sometimes saying it categorically, sometimes by talking of a transfer fee of €80 million, which is another way of saying no.”
In recent days, Ribery, has been telling German media that he is committed to the ex-Bundesliga champions.
Meanwhile, Ribery is having treatment to a knee injury which forced him to pull out of training on Monday, but Hoeness dismissed suggestions that this was a way of signalling his intent to leave.
“If he’s hurt, he’s hurt- just like any other player,” said Hoeness.