Chelsea and Real Madrid told Franck Ribery is not for sale

03 June 2009 11:02
Ribery is regarded as one of the hottest commodities on the transfer market this summer, with many of Europe's top clubs reportedly lining up to sign him, but Bayern's new coach has requested he be allowed to work with the midfielder next season.

"He really wants to keep him," said Hoeness, after holding talks with Van Gaal. "We will not let Ribery go."

 Related ArticlesMilan: Kaka deal not discussed with RealBenayoun: I would reject Real to stay at AnfieldBallack extends Chelsea stayAncelotti will be a hit, says GerrardAncelotti: I call the shotsPremier League Transfer TalkNevertheless, Hoeness expects a busy summer of turning down offers for the France international.

"Most clubs only ended their season (recently) and when the players go on holiday, the bosses start with their planning," he told Munich's Abendzeitung newspaper.

"There will be enquiries for Ribery in the next four to six weeks, I'm sure.

"But we have not had any decisive enquiry and we are not interested in any of the rumours in the English press.

"We will be polite, but we will not negotiate. We are not going to celebrate on the telephone when somebody offers a certain amount."

Van Gaal arrived in Munich on Monday and has also addressed the issue of Luca Toni, who seems to be surplus to requirements following the signing of Mario Gomez from Stuttgart and Ivica Olic from Hamburg.

Unlike with Ribery, Hoeness would not hang up the phone immediately on an offer for the Italian.

"In general, four strikers are enough, but if we have five, then we have five," he said.

"We will not be sending anybody away. But if somebody comes to us and wants one of our strikers, then we will talk."


Source: Telegraph