Bayern have no plans to sell Ribery

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is determined to keep

Franck Ribery so the club can challenge the European supremacy of


The France winger’s current deal expires next year when he

will be able to leave the Allianz Arena on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old, who has said he has not yet made up his mind

over his future, has been strongly linked with a move to the

Primera Division, and it was assumed, should he not extend his

contract, that Bayern would prefer to cash in on their prized asset

this summer than risk losing him for nothing.

“We will hold talks. Our clear aim is still to extend the

contract,” Rummenigge said in an interview with the Bild newspaper.

“But if we do not achieve that, it doesn’t automatically mean

that we will sell Franck this summer.

“We want to have a team next season who achieve their goals

domestically and internationally take another step forward.

“We have the goal in the future not to travel humbly to

Barcelona, but rather with a chance of being at the same level.

Franck is necessary to do that.”

Rummenigge also insisted Arjen Robben would be staying put,

the Dutchman having enjoyed a brilliant debut season in Munich.

“Arjen’s contract here has three more years to run. He is

very happy. His father said to me, ‘Perhaps he would have been

better coming to you three years ago’,” he said.

Rummenigge also ruled out a summer bid for Wolfsburg striker

Edin Dzeko, who has been linked with a switch to Chelsea.

“I think Dzeko is a very good player, but we will not go

there this year,” said Rummenigge.

“We have no problems in attack. With (Toni) Kroos (on loan at

Bayer Leverkusen this season) we have a touch more quality and more

options tactically.”

Bayern are still in contention for the Bundesliga title, the

DFB Pokal and the Champions League in coach Louis van Gaal’s first

season in charge, and Rummenigge is hoping for an extended period

of success with the Dutchman at the helm.

“We want continuity. It would be nice if we could start a

successful era here with Louis,” he said.

On the prospect of winning the triple, Rummenigge added: “The

German title is the priority. I believe that this title is the key

to possible further successes. Champions, DFB Pokal final against

Werder Bremen. And then perhaps the big one, the Champions League

final. It is 50-50 against Lyon (in the semi-finals).”