Ribery rules out Prem pair

02 July 2009 09:17
Chelsea and Manchester United appear to have missed out on signing Franck Ribery after the France star revealed he will only leave Bayern Munich for Real Madrid. The two Premier League heavyweights were set to go head-to-head in a bid to sign the 26-year-old winger. However, £35milion-rated Ribery claims he will only leave Germany for the big-spending Spanish giants. Bayern though have continually stated that the former Marseille forward will not be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena this summer. "I have made up my mind, I want to leave," Ribery told L'Equipe. "It will be Real or nothing." The news is a particular blow to United after they also saw another transfer target - Karim Benzema from Lyon - decide to join Real within the last 24 hours. The Spanish club have spent almost £200million on four players so far this summer after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from United, Brazil star Kaka, defender Raul Albiol and now Benzema.

Source: ESA