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Gavmundo2010-05-09 14:08:22 +0000 #1
Franck Ribery's agent Bruno Heiderscheid has revealed contact from Real Madrid to discuss the Marseille playmaker.

A host of top European clubs have been keeping tabs on the French international over the past year after impressive performances for club and country.

The likes of Lyon, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been strongly linked, with sources in France consistently claiming a deal with Arsene Wenger's side is in the pipeline.

However, Real are ready to battle The Gunners for Ribery, who would likely be a replacement for David Beckham.

No deal is expected to take place until the summer, but Real have contacted his agent to reaffirm their interest.

"The Real Madrid contact was to say they are still attracted by Franck," Heiderscheid said. "As far as I know they have not contacted l'OM so far.

"Franck wants to continue playing with Marseille, that is the priority. If there has to be a thinking about his future, it will not be before May."

Ribery has a contract with Marseille until 2010 and a fee in the region of €22million (£15million) is likely to be required to tempt the Stade Velodrome side into selling.

Lyon continue to show an interest in the 23-year-old, but administrative director Marino Faccioli is unsure whether any deal is possible.

Faccioli said: "We are still attracted by the good players, we won't change our views on that.

"The problem is l'OM has claimed Ribery will never join Lyon. So since last summer, we remain quiet on that case."

Meanwhile, Salim Arrache is expected to join Marseille within the next few days.

The Strasbourg winger has returned to full fitness after a serious knee injury sidelined him last season.

Sedan's Mansour Boutabout is been lined up to replace Arrache at Strasbourg, with an initial six-month loan deal set to be agreed.


Lance Knight2010-05-09 14:17:38 +0000 #2
Marseille tell Real Madrid to forget Ribery for January

January 01, 2007

Olympique Marseille are ready to cash in on star winger Franck Ribery - but not before the end of the season.

Ribery has emerged as a top target for Real Madrid as they prepare to lose contract rebel David Beckham and sports director Pedja Mijatovic has already registered their interest with Marseille.

Marseille won't consider selling Ribery during the winter market, but are resigned to losing the France international in the summer and are seeking £16 million for the all-action winger.

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well then i cant stay i would be disappointed if lose beckham for Ribery

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