Hoeness standing firm
Uli Hoeness says it would take 'something crazy' for Bayern to think about selling Frank Ribery.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 01/07/09 3:52pm
Uli Hoeness has reiterated his stance on Frank Ribery, insisting it would take 'something crazy' for Bayern Munich to think about selling the France international.
The Bayern Munich general manager has grown tired of answering questions regarding the 26-year-old's future with Real Madrid and Manchester United both reported to be interested in his services.
Real officials have been in regular contact with Hoeness but the Bayern chief insists that they have not received any bids for the winger.
The former Marseille ace looked as though he would be heading to the Bernabeu just a few weeks ago but the situation has cooled recently, so much so that Real seem to have turned their attentions to Ribery's international team-mate Karim Benzema at Lyon.
"I asked his right-hand man Pedro Lopez Jimenez, since Florentino (Perez) does not speak English all that well, whether he knows the game Monopoly," he said.
"I told him that Bayern had bought Mayfair on Monopoly two years ago and you don't give Mayfair away that easily.
"We would only consider it if somebody did something crazy.
"There were a few enquiries from the top people at Madrid because we are only prepared to speak with the president or his right-hand man."
Meanwhile, Bayern officially unveiled Louis van Gaal as their new manager on Wednesday and he too hoped Ribery would stay at the Allianz Arena when he said he 'wanted to keep hold of the best players as a coach.'