Ribery in Van Gaal's plans
Uli Hoeness says Franck Ribery is not going to be sold after talking with new coach Louis van Gaal.
Last Updated: 03/06/09 11:23am
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has reiterated Franck Ribery is not going to be sold this summer after discussing the issue with new coach Louis van Gaal.
French star Ribery has been linked with a move away from the Bundesliga giants this summer, despite Bayern persistently stating that they plan to retain his services.
In a bid to warn off potential suitors, Hoeness recently suggested that Ribery is valued in the region of €100million (£86m).
And after meeting with new manager Van Gaal, Hoeness has reaffirmed the club's intention to keep hold of the 26-year-old.
"He really wants to keep him," announced Hoeness after holding talks with Van Gaal.
"We will not let Ribery go."
Nevertheless, Hoeness expects a busy summer of turning down offers for the midfielder.
"Most clubs only ended their season (recently) and when the players go on holiday, the bosses start with their planning," he added in Munich's Abendzeitung newspaper.
"There will be enquiries for Ribery in the next four to six weeks, I'm sure.
"But we have not had any decisive enquiry and we are not interested in any of the rumours in the English press.
"We will be polite, but we will not negotiate. We are not going to celebrate on the telephone when somebody offers a certain amount."
Hoeness also intimated that the club could consider offers for Italian striker Luca Toni, following the arrivals of Mario Gomez from Stuttgart and Ivica Olic from Hamburg.
"In general, four strikers are enough, but if we have five, then we have five," he said.
"We will not be sending anybody away. But if somebody comes to us and wants one of our strikers, then we will talk."