Zidane confirms Ribery talks
Zinedine Zidane is in talks with Franck Ribery over a summer move to Real Madrid.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 14/06/09 11:56am
Zinedine Zidane is in talks with Franck Ribery and has told his compatriot a move to Real Madrid would be too good to turn down.
Zidane, who revealed on Saturday that the Spanish giants were tracking the French midfielder, has now announced he is trying to convince Bayern Munich's prized asset to make the switch to Santiago Bernabeu.
"I am in talks with Franck," the former three times World Player of the Year, who is an advisor to Real president Florentino Perez, told Sunday's edition of French newspaper Le Dauphine Libere.
"He is a fantastic player who has his place at Real. And playing in this team is a career opportunity, which, to me, you do not refuse.
"It would be a nice opportunity for Franck. It is up to him."
Real are on the verge of signing Cristiano Ronaldo after Manchester United accepted a world record bid of £80million for the Portuguese forward earlier this week, while Brazil playmaker Kaka has already joined from AC Milan for a reported fee of £56million.
Ribery, who is also believed to be a United target, is likely to cost a similarly huge figure if reported bids for the 26-year-old are anything to go by.
And Zidane, who wore the Real shirt from 2001 to 2006, explained that teams must break the bank if they want to land football's top stars.
"Bringing together the best players in the world has a cost," he added.