Manchester United line up Ribery to replace Ronaldo

Monday 02 March 2009 13:46

Franck Ribery will join Manchester United should they decide to cash in on Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the Bayern Munich winger's agent.

Ribery, 25, has been linked with moves to Italy, Spain and England following his sensational form for the German champions this season.

But now agent Alain Migliaccio claims he is aware of interest from United boss Sir Alex Ferguson should Ronaldo leave Old Trafford.

The world and European player of the year was expected to join Real Madrid last summer after revealing his interest in playing for the Spanish champions.

However, Ferguson persuaded Ronaldo to stay with the Premier League and European champions.

"If Manchester United sell Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson would like to cover that transfer with Ribery's signature," Migliaccio told Bild.

Meanwhile, Bayern coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes the race for the Bundesliga title will go down to the wire this season.

Bayern failed to capitalise on title rivals Hoffenheim drawing on Saturday as they were held to a goalless stalemate of their own against Werder Bremen 24 hours later.

Hertha Berlin are the new Bundesliga leaders after their 2-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach and Klinsmann is predicting a titanic tussle for the title this season.

He said: "Obviously, we'd have liked all three points, but going home with a point isn't a bad result.

"The title race will go to the last day. Obviously, we'd rather be a couple of places higher up the table.

"But we're on the case, we won't let up and we hope we're top after 34 matches."

Elsewhere, Christoph Dabrowski has pledged his future to Bochum despite the club's battle to avoid relegation.

The 30-year-old midfielder has put pen to paper on a contract which will keep him at the Ruhrstadion until summer 2012.

"I feel right at home at VfL and I've said all along that I can well imagine staying here for a long time, maybe even ending my career here," he said.

"But that's still a long way down the line. First off we want to do everything in our power to ensure we're still playing in the top-flight next season."

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