Ribery is 'irreplaceable' and not for sale at any price, insist Bayern
26 June 2009 03:20
Bayern Munich insist in-demand Franck Ribery is "irreplaceable" player and not for sale at any price despite the player's agent claiming the midfilelder will join Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old is one of Europe's hottest properties with Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona all vying for his signature.
Madrid are the favourites to land Ribery after the Frenchman's agent Alan Migliaccio said on Wednesday that the player had not given up hope on a move to the Bernabeu.
However Bayern chairman Karl-Heinze Rummenigge says the Bundesligagiants will not be swayed - adding that their refusal to discuss a feeis not their way of pushing up the asking price.
'Franck Ribery is irreplaceable,' he told L'Equipe. 'Real Madrid know our position: he is not for sale.
'That Franck wants to go to Real is not a surprise. It's a fascinating club and attractive on a financial level. But Bayern arenot a bad club either.
'At our club the doors are solid and very resistant and we're not going to push up the bidding.
'Ribery figures among the best players of the world. And when you have a player of this quality among the squad you don't separate.
'We want to build around this player who (Bayern coach) Louis van Gaal absolutely wants under his command.'