Forget Franck! Bayern warn Chelsea and United that star is not for sale
17 June 2009 03:44
Standing firm: Bayern are determined to keep Ribery
Bayern Munich have told Manchester United and Chelsea they are wasting their time chasing Franck Ribery.
The Premier League big guns, along with Barcelona, have had bids for the France winger rejected with Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisting Ribery was staying.
Bayern have denied quotes attributed to president Franz Beckenbauer claiming that Ribery will be allowed to leave - and insist they will not sell their star asset this summer.
A bidding war between Chelsea, United, Barca and Real Madrid - who have also shown a keen interest - would generate at least £65million but Bayern have moved to stop any auction before it starts.
The Bundesliga giants claimed the Sport Bild article was 'a false announcement and does not reflect the truth.'
A club statement read: 'There is no such resolution by the advisory board of FC Bayern Munich AG which includes the issue of a sale of the player Franck Ribery.
'The transfer of a player does not need the approval of the advisory board, according to the constitution of the FC Bayern Munich AG board of directors.
'The FC Bayern Munich AG board of directors have made the overwhelming resolution that the player Franck Ribery is not for sale.'
German newspaper Bild quoted club president Franz Beckenbauer assaying: 'We discussed the issue at our last board meeting and we allagreed that, if he really wants to leave, then we will deal with the issue.'