Bayern upbeat over Ribery talks

Bayern upbeat over Ribery talks

Published May. 9, 2010 2:52 p.m. ET

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is confident Franck Ribery will agree to extend his contract with the German champions.

Ribery still has a year left to run on his current deal at the Allianz Arena but if he does not sign an extension the club may feel compelled to sell rather than lose him on a free next summer.

Rummenigge is due to begin negotiations with the France international in the coming days and is optimistic an agreement will be reached.

"I would stick my neck out and say that Ribery will not only be playing for Bayern Munich next year, but also beyond," Rummenigge told Sport1 television.

"I am quite optimistic. We have good chances as we head into negotiations."

Reaching the finals of both the Champions League and DFB-Pokal has boosted Bayern's hopes of keeping hold of the 27-year-old, who joined the club for 25million euros in 2007.