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I want to stay with Bayern, insists Ribery

SoccerNews in Bundesliga, Ligue 1 11 Feb 2009

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Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery said Wednesday he wants to see out his contract with the German giants, which finishes in 2011, despite interest from several top European sides.

Several top European clubs including Spanish giants Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona are all reported to have expressed an interest in the French star.

But Ribery says he wants to fulfill his contract in Munich.

“I have a contract and intend on seeing it through,” the Frenchman told magazine Sport Bild here.

Ribery says he is aware other clubs have expressed an interest in signing him, but has never actually said he wants to leave Bayern.

“Whether it is Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea or Manchester City, I have never said I want to go anywhere.”

And the 25-year-old insists whether he extends his contract past June 2011 depends on negotiations with Bayern.

“It depends completely on the discussions, which my adviser and the club will conduct, so far there has been no signal from Bayern,” said Ribery.

But the midfielder has hinted he would like to play for a top European club in the future and told French newspaper Le Monde on Monday that playing for Real Madrid would be a “dream come true”.

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