Franck Ribery: I was in talks with Real Madrid

Franck Ribery: I was in talks with Real Madrid


Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has revealed he came close to leaving the Bavarian outfit for Real Madrid in 2009.

The 31-year-old, who has played a key role in Bayern’s success in recent years, told German sports paper Bild that he was unhappy under boss Louis van Gaal and was looking for a way out.

And he revealed that despite interest from a host of clubs in Europe, he and his wife had agreed a move to Madrid would be the best option and were in advanced talks with the Santiago Bernabeu club.

“I went through a difficult period in 2009 when [Louis] van Gaal arrived at the club,” said Ribery, who has a contract at the Allianz Arena until 2017.

He continued: “Not just because I didn’t get along very well with Van Gaal, but also because a lot of clubs wanted me: Juventus, Inter, Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

“My agent and Real Madrid’s representatives had already held a number of talks. My wife told me that she was happy to move to Madrid if that was what I wanted to. Everything was ready to go.

“The situation is different now. She would ask me whether I’m crazy if I proposed a move.

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