Bayern have no plans to sell Ribery

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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is determined to hold on to Franck Ribery for next season so the club can challenge the European supremacy of Barcelona.

The France winger's current deal expires next year when he will be able to leave the Allianz Arena on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old, who has said he has not yet made up his mind over his future, has been strongly linked with a move to the Primera Division, and it was assumed, should he not extend his contract, that Bayern would prefer to cash in on their prized asset this summer than risk losing him for nothing.

"We will hold talks. Our clear aim is still to extend the contract," Rummenigge said in an interview with the Bild newspaper.

"But if we do not achieve that, it doesn't automatically mean that we will sell Franck this summer.

"We want to have a team next season who achieve their goals domestically and internationally take another step forward.

"We have the goal in the future not to travel humbly to Barcelona, but rather with a chance of being at the same level. Franck is necessary to do that."

Rummenigge also insisted Arjen Robben would be staying put, the Dutchman having enjoyed a brilliant debut season in Munich.

"Arjen's contract here has three more years to run. He is very happy. His father said to me, 'Perhaps he would have been better coming to you three years ago'," he said.

Rummenigge also ruled out a summer bid for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, who has been linked with a switch to Chelsea.

"I think Dzeko is a very good player, but we will not go there this year," said Rummenigge.

"We have no problems in attack. With (Toni) Kroos (on loan at Bayer Leverkusen this season) we have a touch more quality and more options tactically."

Bayern are still in contention for the Bundesliga title, the DFB Pokal and the Champions League in coach Louis van Gaal's first season in charge, and Rummenigge is hoping for an extended period of success with the Dutchman at the helm.

"We want continuity. It would be nice if we could start a successful era here with Louis," he said.

On the prospect of winning the triple, Rummenigge added: "The German title is the priority. I believe that this title is the key to possible further successes. Champions, DFB Pokal final against Werder Bremen. And then perhaps the big one, the Champions League final. It is 50-50 against Lyon (in the semi-finals)."

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