Ribery unruffled by dispute
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marseille's Franck Ribery is satisfied with his controversial move from Galatasaray.New Marseille man Franck Ribery is satisfied with his controversial move from Galatasaray despite the complaints of the Turkish side.
Ribery signed for l'OM on a four year deal on Thursday, although Gala insist that they had paid é¼2 million to take up an option on the player with Metz after his initial move in January.
Gala are now insisting on compensation although the issue has been clouded by the fact that the Turkish side apparently failed to maintain wage payments to the 22-year-old.
Ribery insisted that he regretted ever moving to Turkey whilst putting forward his case regarding the controversial transfer.
"Since my arrival in Turkey I didn't get any wages," Ribery told L'Equipe.
"I only get a very thin part of the bonus they owed me, that's all.
"So when I came back to France we tried to find a solution with my agent Bruno Heiderscheid.
"Frankly I didn't forecast to leave Galatasaray that way, if I thought things could happen that way I would never have gone there.
"So my interest was to come back to France."
Ribery also revealed that he turned down Monaco to join up with new boss Jean Fernandez at Stade Velodrome.
Whilst praising the fans at Marseille he also insisted that he would not return to Turkey despite the uncertainty surrounding his arrangement in France.
"I had contacts with two big French clubs, very different," Ribery continued.
"Monaco has the appeal of playing in the Champions League, I had phone calls with Didier Deschamps but I preferred l'OM because I love the Stade Velodrome atmosphere.
"Personally I have no worries, the case is in our lawyers hands.
"I have signed for four years with l'OM and I am serene, I have no guilty conscience.
"Anyway I know I won't go back to Galatasaray."
Reports in France are suggesting that l'OM are keen to raid Turkey again for Fenerbahce star Alex.
However, it is believed that the club are asking for é¼12 million for the talented Brazilian, a valuation that would price Marseille out of a move.