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Hoeneß confirms interest in France star Ribéry

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Hoeneß confirms interest in France star Ribéry

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:40 pm

08.01.2007

Bayern general manager Uli Hoeneß and Olympique Marseille President Pape Diouf, good acquaintances from innumerable UEFA and G-14 meetings in the past, were spotted deep in conversation more than once during Monday morning's news conference to mark the opening of the inaugural Mohammad bin Rashid International Football Championship. One possible topic of conversation will have been the German champions' official interest in Marseilles starlet Franck Ribéry.

"Olympique value the fact we've always behaved in an entirely proper manner very highly," Hoeneß revealed afterwards. "We didn't approach the player directly, we made contact through the official channels." The Munich giants unsuccessfully enquired after the France international last summer.

<b>Hopes for Deisler</b>

Hoeneß has now confirmed Bayern's continuing interest in the attacking midfielder. "Ribéry is a player who interests us, but he's not number one or two on our list," the board director explained. Any move for the Frenchman would be dependent on Sebastian Deisler's progress. "If Sebastian manages to come back the way he indicated before Christmas, we'd have less reason to sign Franck Ribéry."

Naturally, any deal depends on Olympique and Ribéry himself. "We have an excellent relationship with Bayern Munich, but that doesn't mean Franck Ribéry is on his way to Munich," Pape Diouf declared. "The player would need to agree to a transfer as well."

<b>Waiting for a sign</b>

"Ribéry has told me in the clearest possible terms that he wants to help our club hit its targets in the first instance. We'll see what happens after that," Diouf continued. No decision had been taken regarding the player, whose contract in the south of France runs until 2010. "And naturally, we'd be looking for the best possible fee," the Olympique President acknowledged.

Bayern would wait and see how the situation unfolds, Hoeneß explained. "We've not yet spoken to the player, because that would be an illegal approach. It can only happen after we receive a signal from Marseilles that they're ready to talk, and if we feel we need to make a move from a sporting point of view. We sit back and wait."

<b>Marseilles pledge</b>

Should the French club decide to sell, Bayern would be among the first to know, Hoeneß revealed. "Diouf has made me a promise: before they take a final decision, they'll talk to us." The general manager will undoubtedly run across the President and his prize asset at various points over the next few days, as Bayern and Olympique are quartered in the same Dubai hotel.
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Postby fanOfBayern » Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:02 pm

That is finally pleasant news... btw..we lost 3-4 to benfica.
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