Bayern - Blues bid for Ribery
Bayern Munich have revealed they received a part-exchange bid for Franck Ribery from Chelsea in the summer.
Last Updated: 22/11/09 1:18pm
Bayern Munich have revealed they received a part-exchange bid for Franck Ribery from Chelsea during the summer.
General manager Uli Hoeness admits Bayern received a number of offers for the French star, with the Blues bidding €65million plus full-back Jose Bosingwa.
However, the offer fell short of the €100million asking price for the 26-year-old attacker, so Chelsea's approach was rebuffed by the German outfit.
"We never received an offer over 100 million," Hoeness told Bild newspaper.
"The best bid came from Chelsea - 65 million plus the player Bosingwa.
"We also received other offers of 76 and 80 million."
Hoeness also revealed that Bayern were not looking to offload Ribery, and that the player never demanded to be given a transfer.
"He never came to us and said he wanted to leave at any price," he added.
"He always said to us that he would like to move to Real Madrid, but that if we wanted to keep him, then it was not a problem. (Selling him) was never a real consideration.
"If FC Bayern says no, then Franck stays. However, we want to create the conditions which give Franck the feeling that he can achieve something here in Munich.
"If he cannot see this potential, then he will leave."
Bayern have yet to hit top form under new manager Louis van Gaal and are currently off the pace in the Bundesliga.
They are also struggling in the UEFA Champions League, lying third in Group A, and risk missing out on qualification to the knockout stage.