Real pessimistic over Ribery

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Real Madrid have resigned themselves to missing out on Franck Ribery this summer, according to director general Jorge Valdano.

Madrid are leading the race for the France winger, who earlier this week denied reports he wanted to quit Bayern Munich to join the Florentino Perez revolution at the Bernabeu.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge yesterday claimed his club have received just one bid for the 26-year-old - and it did not come from Real Madrid.

Valdano told Radio Marca he did not expect Ribery to move to the Spanish capital in this transfer window but had not given up hope he could arrive in future.

He said: "With Ribery there is a feeling that he will not leave this season, for Bayern Munich have found many ways to say no - sometimes exhaustively saying 'no' and sometimes talking about 80million euros, which is another way of saying no.

"Therefore, we are resigned to waiting for another opportunity to come. The player has two years to fulfil on his contract and, well, life is long."

Madrid, meanwhile, have ruled out making a summer move for Inter Milan defender Maicon.

The Spanish giants had shown an interest in the Brazil full-back but consider Inter's 40million euro valuation excessive.

"Inter's asking price is 40million euros," Valdano said.

"But we will not make such an offer seeing as in that position we already have Sergio Ramos, who has nothing to envy the Brazilian for."

Maicon, 27, is under contract with Inter until June 2013 and has been a reported target of Manchester City and Chelsea in recent months.

Madrid have so far this summer splashed out almost £200million by signing Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Albiol and agreeing a deal for Karim Benzema.

Valdano yesterday played down talk of another high-profile acquisition in Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, admitting the two clubs were some distance apart in their valuation of the 27-year-old.

The capital club have not been shy in expressing their admiration for Alonso but, much like Ribery, appear set to miss out this summer.

"The whole world knows he is a player who always seemed interesting to us. He is a man who is a gifted organiser and is at a mature stage of his career," Valdano said.

"We got closer to Liverpool but in the past few days they widened the gap by increasing the transfer fee too much for our liking. Therefore, we see the player moving away (from Real Madrid)."

However, he added: "Everything is renewable."

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