Sammer: Bayern fine sans Ribery
Losing Franck Ribery would not weaken Bayern Munich, according to
former Germany captain Matthias Sammer.
Former Borussia Dortmund coach Sammer claims the Frenchman,
who has been hampered by injury this term, should not walk back
into the Bayern team when the Bundesliga starts up again next month
after the winter break.
The 1996 European Footballer of the Year feels Bayern coach
Louis van Gaal has created a side which is strong enough without
the winger, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.
“Of course the class of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben is
undisputed, but to build them into the team is going to be a huge
task for Van Gaal,” Sammer, who led Dortmund to the Bundesliga
title in 2002 and is now responsible for youth development with the
German Football Association, told Munich’s Tz newspaper.
“Bayern have found a settled team who can always play their
best and they showed that in Turin (against Juventus), without
Reports in Germany today claimed Ribery and Bayern have
already agreed terms with Real over a transfer in the summer should
the 26-year-old choose not to commit himself to a new contract by
the end of the season.
Ribery’s current deal expires in 2011 and Bayern chairman Uli
Hoeness recently admitted it would be “negligent” not to sell him
next summer if, 12 months later, he would be available for free.
German World Cup winner Paul Breitner, who acts as an advisor
to the Bayern board, also feels it would not be a disaster if
Ribery were sold.
“If so, then FC Bayern would never have carried on after
(Gerd) Muller or (Franz) Beckenbauer,” he said.
“You cannot cry about losing players.”