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Beckenbauer slaps 94m euro tag on Ribery

SoccerNews in Bundesliga, Ligue 1 29 Jul 2009

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Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer said Wednesday unsettled Franck Ribery could leave the club – for 94 million euros.

“Should Bayern let Ribery go? Of course we wish to get the market price – and if Christiano Ronaldo is worth 94 million euros, then Franck Ribery is worth a comparable sum,” Beckenbauer told the Sport Bild newspaper.

“If we do not receive an offer at this level, then he should honour his contract until 2011,” he added.

On Monday the German football legend accused the 26-year-old French international of disloyalty to Bayern.

Ribery, a member of the Munich squad for the past two years, is known to be attracted by the lure of Real Madrid, but the high-spending Spanish club baulked at the multi-million euro price tag set by the south German giants.

Beckenbauer, writing in his column, added: “All the fuss is unnecessary, particularly when a new coach (Dutchman Louis Van Gaal) has taken over and wants to prepare in a calm atmosphere.

“The coach does not want to be listening every day to talk about Ribery.”

Ribery is currently recovering from a knee injury and has been unable to participate in Bayern’s pre-season matches and he is a doubtful starter in the club’s opening game of the season against Hoffenheim on August 8.

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