Franck Ribery: Zinedine Zidane wanted me at Real Madrid

Franck Ribery: Zinedine Zidane wanted me at Real Madrid


Bayern Munich and France winger Franck Ribery has said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane tried to lure him to the club in the summer.

The Los Blancos legend was appointed as one of Carlo Ancelotti’s assistants when the Italian took over in July, and in an interview with BeIN Sport, Ribery said Zidane contacted him about a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.

He stated:  “Yes, Zizou [Zidane] absolutely wanted me to go to Real Madrid. I thank him because he tried everything to make me go. But I stayed [with Bayern].”

The winger, who previously played for Marseille, also revealed in the interview that he has been subject of interest from Los Merengues and La Liga rivals Barcelona in the past.

“I love both Real Madrid and Barcelona. It is true that one time I was more attracted to Real than Barca. But anyway, [Bayern CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness told me I’m staying put.”

Ribery helped Bayern to a historic treble last season, with the Bavarian giants lifting the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup. They are now managed by former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.