Franck Ribery has snubbed Bayern Munich’s first approach to open negotiations over a new contract and told them to wait until the end of the season.
Ribery’s contract expires in 2011, but Bayern are keen to reach agreement within the next few months or else they may be forced to sell him this summer.
Ribery had hinted that a decision would be made in March, but he has now informed Bayern director of sport Christian Nerlinger that he wants to wait until the end of the season before making a decision.
”I spoke with him on Saturday and he said that he would prefer to concentrate on the sporting aspects at the moment,” Nerlinger told Sky. ”I have complete understanding for that and we can even wait until the end of the season before talking.”
Bayern honorary president Franz Beckenbauer would like to see the club do whatever he can to convince him to stay.
”Franck has huge importance for FC Bayern and I have told him that Bayern is completely different since he has been here,” he told Welt. ”And since Arjen Robben is also here, we have improved even more.
”We need players like Robben and Ribery. We should definitely lean a long way out of the window to keep hold of him.”