Ribery gives Bayern ultimatum
Friday 18 December 2009
Franck Ribery has told Bayern Munich that he will only sign a new contract at the Allianz Arena if the Bundesliga club show greater ambition.
Ribery has spoken out after president Uli Hoeness claimed earlier in the week that the France star would be sold next summer rather than be allowed to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2011.
Ribery was widely expected to leave Bayern for either Real Madrid or Chelsea in the last transfer window.
"Of course signing a new contract with Bayern is a possibility but I want to win the Champions League," he declared.
"At the moment, the team is not at the level necessary to compete with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, or Inter. But fortunately it is early and in football anything can happen."
Meanwhile, former Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann cannot understand how president Hoeness is still at the club.
Klinsmann believes Hoeness should have been sacked at the same time as he was in April after a disappointing ten-month spell in charge at the Allianz Arena.
Hoeness, who earlier this month became the club's chairman after three decades as their general manager, was as accountable for the team's poor results as he was, insists Klinsmann.
"When you have a manager on the bench who has a strong influence on the team, who talks to the players and comes with you into your training camps, and then there is a situation where things are not successful, then both should really say goodbye," he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
Latest in Sport
Radamel Falcao exclusive: Forward says joining Manchester United is a 'dream come true'
Danny Welbeck to Arsenal: Arsene Wenger pictured in Rome as club close in on Manchester United striker for £17m
Radamel Falcao analysis: Manchester United have signed a top talent yet to hit his stride
Danny Welbeck signs for Arsenal: Gunners confirm signing of striker from Manchester United
Radamel Falcao to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal takes transfer spend beyond £140m - SIXTH most of any Premier league manager
- 1 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Nigerian witch-finder Helen Ukpabio threatens legal action against human rights organisations
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain