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Ribery Wants to Join Real

FRANCK Ribery has confirmed he wants to leave Bayern Munich and join Real Madrid and become the latest of the new galacticos.

The France playmaker, another supposed Manchester United target who looks set to look to the Spanish capital, and his future have been under the spotlight since the end of the Bundesliga season, although Ribery himself had remained silent.

But the 26-year-old has now admitted he would jump at the chance of joining up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu. Benzema, believed to be a higher priority on the United wish-list, confirmed he would be joining Real Madrid from Lyon on Wednesday, taking Madrid’s spending to a near quarter of a billion euros.

Ribery told L’Equipe: “I have decided that I want to leave. It will be Real Madrid or nothing.

“I will wait to see how things pan out but I would like to hold talks with the Bayern management soon.”
Madrid have met with stiff resistance from Bayern, who are adamant their star will not be leaving for Spain.

And Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness does not believe Ribery’s desire to leave alters their position.

“Does Franck want to go to Real?” he asked. “For us, that changes absolutely anything. Life is not always a fairytale. Real have not made us a specific proposal and we do not need their money.”

Madrid’s fee for France international Benzema could rise to 41 million euros dependent on performance clauses. Ribery would cost considerably more than that should Bayern agree to sell. —

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