Bayern expect Ribery stay
Bayern Munich are confident they can fend off mounting interest in France international Franck Ribery.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 25/05/09 1:06pm
Bayern Munich can fend off all interest in Franck Ribery if they are determined to keep the player for another season at least, according to their general manager.
Uli Hoeness believes that because the French star has two years left on his current contract at the Allianz Arena, the German giants will not be pushed into letting him leave.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have both been linked with a move for Ribery this summer, while Manchester United are also said to be monitoring the situation.
"It will not be so difficult to keep him. Ribery has a contract for another two years and there is no buy-out clause," Hoeness told the German press.
Ribery has refused to commit himself to Bayern amid the rumours and the Bundesliga club have also hinted that they could find a replacement for him if he were to leave.
Real Madrid's presidential election favourite, Florentino Perez, is said to have asked Zinedine Zidane to persuade his compatriot to join the club, but Bayern would have to be approached first.
Barcelona are also in a good position as Ribery is reported to have told certain players in the Catalan squad that he wants to join them, after the two clubs met in the Champions League quarter-finals.