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Ribery denies 'Real Madrid or nothing' comments

The France playmaker Franck Ribery has denied reports he wants to quit Bayern Munich and join Real Madrid.

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery arrives for a training session with the Bundesliga club last week.
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery arrives for a training session with the Bundesliga club last week.

Franck Ribery has denied reports he wants to quit Bayern Munich and join Real Madrid. The France playmaker was last week quoted in his homeland as saying he wanted to join the Florentino Perez revolution at the Bernabeu but he has since distanced himself from those comments. He told Munich's Tz newspaper this morning: "I have never said that I wanted to go. "They were not my words, what I said was misinterpreted. "I don't understand the whole discussion. I don't want a controversy with Bayern Munich. I would gladly clarify the situation. "We have to wait and see if there is an offer coming and then sit down and talk. I do not want to say anything wrong right now." Ribery was reported as telling a French newspaper last week: "I have decided that I want to leave. It will be Real Madrid or nothing. "I will wait to see how things pan out but I would like to hold talks with the Bayern management soon.'' Ribery also denied suggestions today he missed training sessions over the weekend so as not to jeopardise a move by picking up an injury. "That is a lie," he said. "I have a heel problem and also a blister. I want to get back training as soon as possible."

*PA Sport