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Bayern winger Ribery sends mixed messages over France return
Franck Ribery

Bayern winger Ribery sends mixed messages over France return

Published Mar. 16, 2016 9:41 a.m. ET

Franck Ribery has given conflicting messages on the chances of a return to the France squad for this summer's European Championship.

The Bayern Munich winger, 32, has not played for his country since missing the 2014 World Cup with a back injury. He announced his international retirement that August.

But having returned to action in the Bundesliga, he appeared on Tuesday to be open to an approach from Didier Deschamps as the Les Bleus coach builds towards a home tournament.

Ribery told L'Equipe: "The Euro? Didier Deschamps will take the best players.


"I am there, my comeback is going well, I am happy. We will see."

On Wednesday, however, Yahoo Sport broadcast a new video interview - notably recorded on Monday, before his comments to L'Equipe - in which Ribery insisted he has "turned the page" on his France career.

"People have already asked me this question plenty of times," he said. "I have turned this page.

"I had some good times with France, and others that were a bit more difficult. Now, I really want to concentrate on my club and finish my final years in football with Bayern."

Ribery won 81 caps for France between 2006 and 2014, scoring 16 goals. He featured in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and Euro 2008 and 2012.

Deschamps had told L'Equipe at the weekend, when asked about a recall for Ribery: "He has barely played in a year. There is nothing to talk about.

"If I say 'we will see', you will say I am opening the door. I am not opening anything."

Deschamps will name a squad on Thursday for upcoming friendlies against Holland and Russia.


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