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Things don’t get any easier for Middlesbrough, who are fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, as Man Utd are next up for Gareth Southgate’s team.

Franck Ribery has threatened to quit Bayern Munich unless they qualify for the Champions League next season.

Bayern are third in the German league, three points behind leaders Wolfsburg with five games remaining, and must finish in the top two to be guaranteed a Champions League place next season. A third place finish would mean they would have to play the qualification rounds.

“It would be surely difficult for me to remain, if this goal is not achieved,” Ribery told L’Equipe.

Bayern sacked coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Monday with Jupp Heynckes named as caretaker coach for the remaining five league games.

And Ribery says whoever is appointed on a permanent basis will be irrelevant to him if the club fail to reach the Champions League.

“The name of the new coach does not play a role in my thinking,” said the 26-year-old who has already been linked to a host of top European clubs.

“We just want to finish the season and then see where we stand.

“We have five games left and we have to give everything.

“The minimum target is a top-two place.”

Things don’t get any easier for Middlesbrough, who are fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, as Man Utd are next up for Gareth Southgate’s team.

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