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Chelsea, Man United and Barcelona all bid for Ribéry

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed Chelsea, Manchester United and Barcelona have all made official bids to sign Franck Ribéry.

Ribéry is a known target for big-spending Real Madrid but Rummenigge has revealed three of their European rivals have stolen a march in their pursuit of the 26-year-old.

He told Bild: "Chelsea have lodged a bid, as have Manchester United and Barcelona.

"We're completely relaxed and proud to have one of the three greatest players in the world who's attracting so much interest in the transfer market.

"We're approaching it calmly because we're the ones who have the power to make the decision."

Bayern have repeatedly insisted Ribéry is not for sale, and Rummenigge insists the club are determined to keep the Frenchman.

He added: "I don't want to talk about sums of money because it is not in our interest.

"The amount is irrelevant. There is always going to be the perception that Bayern Munich are trying to push the price up and that there is a certain value at which we'll have to accept, but I'll say it again: we want to keep Ribéry.

"We must do everything to make sure he stays in Munich and I am determined to do this.

"A player has to respect his contract, in this case until 2011. He is on holiday now and then we want to have a successful season with Franck next year."

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