Ribery fearful of Barcelona test

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Franck Ribery has warned his Bayern Munich team-mates that they will come up against the best side in the world when they face Barcelona in the Champions League.

The reigning German and Spanish champions will lock horns in the quarter-finals next month and Ribery believes Bayern have been handed the most difficult draw possible.

"We are going to play against the best team in the world," said Ribery, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months.

"Everyone knows how well they play, so these are going to be two great games for the fans and the player.

"Our obligation is to treat them with respect."

Meanwhile, Schalke have been boosted by the news that Heiko Westermann has pledged his long-term future to the club by signing a new contract.

The Germany international's form has been one of the few positives for the Royal Blues during a disappointing season and the versatile Westermann has now put pen to paper on a deal that ties him to the club until summer 2014.

"It wasn't a difficult decision for me," said the 25-year-old defender.

"Schalke have become close to my heart and I am very proud to wear the shirt.

"At the moment we are not in the ideal situation but when you look at the stadium and the fans, it was easy to sign this contract."