Hoeness sees Ribery temptation
Uli Hoeness understands Franck Ribery's desire to join Real Madrid - but insists he will not leave.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 16/07/09 10:08am
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness says he completely understands Franck Ribery's desire to join Real Madrid - but insists he will not be allowed to leave.
Bayern have repeatedly stated that the France star, who is under contract until 2011, will not be allowed to move this summer despite rumours of a substantial offer from Real Madrid.
But with reports in Germany suggesting Ribery has been offered a salary in excess of 10million euros a year - around £165k per week - Hoeness admits most players would feel unsettled.
"I can fully see Franck's viewpoint," he told Stern.
"You have to be aware that this is all about massive sums of money - unimaginable amounts.
"Franck is 26 years old and it's quite natural that he would be tempted by all this.
"I would be interested to see how the other players at the club would react when confronted by something like that - if they had an offer from Real Madrid.
"I doubt that they would all happily continue being a Bayern Munich player."
However, despite understanding the player's temptation to move, Hoeness insists there is no chance that he will leave the Allianz Arena.
"Franck Ribery will remain at Bayern Munich," he said.
"There is no doubt."