Ribery tipped to stay at Bayern

21 July 2009 09:05
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson does not think Bayern Munich will sell France international Franck Ribery this summer. The veteran Scot has admitted that his club did make an enquiry about the 26-year-old's availability in March but were told he was not for sale. Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid have also been linked with the winger, but Ferguson believes the player will still be plying his trade at the Allianz Arena this season. He said: "We didn't try to buy Ribery, we explored it in a nice, quiet way when David Gill was at one of his meetings with Bayern in March. "They told him, 'absolutely no chance' and the one thing you can say about Bayern is that, when they say something, they mean it. "When we negotiated with them over (Owen) Hargreaves, at the beginning they said 'no', but they also said that, if they changed their minds, we'd be the first to know. "It was exactly the same this time. There's no way that they will sell Ribery." Ferguson has admitted that he did try to sign Karim Benzema from Lyon only for the player to opt to join Real Madrid. He added: "We tried to spend it the Cristiano Ronaldo money on Karim Benzema as, at 21, I felt that there'd be an improvement there. "He's tough, got a good physique, a good goalscoring record, so it was worth going a wee bit extra for him because of his age. "But when it went to £42million, it was beyond his value. We went to £35million and I think that was fair."

Source: ESA

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