Bayern stand up for Ribery

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Bayern Munich have released a statement to confirm that Franck Ribery has always been a thorough professional while with the club.

Former Bayern and West Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer had earlier questioned Ribery’s conduct, amid continuing talk of interest from a number of clubs across Europe.



Beckenbauer was quoted as saying: “He only came to Bayern to make his name. He is a Frenchman and does not give a damn about Bayern.”



A later statement from Bayern read: “The Bayern Munich board would like to make it clear that it is surprised with the statement by Franz Beckenbauer published in the media regarding Franck Ribery.



“The board would like to make it clear that Ribery has always been a professional in his behaviour.



“Bayern have never had the impression that Ribery signed for the club only for the benefit of his career. He has always put his skills at the team's service.”



Newcastle United’s Nigeria international striker Obafemi Martins has welcomed interest in his services from German champions Wolfsburg.



The 24-year-old is almost certain to leave the Magpies following their relegation from the English top-flight and is keen on a move to Germany.



He was quoted as telling the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung: “The Bundesliga is on the up and could soon become one of the best in the world.



“That's why I am keen on joining a side that has recently become champions of that division. I am hoping this transfer is going to be pushed through soon.”



Former Hertha Berlin striker Marko Pantelic is confident that he will soon have a new club.



The 30-year-old Serbia international has left the Olympiastadion after four years with Hertha, having not been offered a new contract by the Bundesliga club.



Pantelic told Bild: “There are three clubs in for me.



“Two of them are from the Bundesliga and one from another country. I expect to have a new club very soon.”



Pantelic scored 46 goals in 118 league and European appearances for Hertha.

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