Ribery Says Bayern Munich Lag Behind European Elite
French star Franck Ribery has spoken about his future with Bayern Munich and the club’s current status in comparison with the elite clubs across Europe. Ribery had a an impressive first season and a decent second season with the Bavarians yet has only made nine appearances in the league this season due to injury.
The Frenchman is hungry for success and wants to win trophies before he retires. Injuries have plagued his season and limited his contribution to the club’s cause. Ribery appeared on the verge of a move to Spain during the summer when Real Madrid were reportedly interested in his services. He mentioned his good relationship with France’s all-time leading scorer Thierry Henry who wants him to join the Spanish giants Barcelona. Ribery admitted he is undecided on whether he will remain with Bayern but stressed it will be a very difficult decision.
Considering the fact Bayern have surged to second place in the Bundesliga while missing the Frenchman for much of the season, the Bavarians are probably willing to cash in on their prized asset and use most of the funds from his sale to rebuild the squad into a more complete one. Ribery believes Bayern remain a big club in Europe yet he feels they are behind Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid as well as English elite sides such as Manchester United and Chelsea.
It does seem as if Ribery wants to move in order to get further exposure in the Spanish la Liga or English Premiership while challenging for domestic and European honours. For the German powerhouse Bayern Munich, the sale of the Frenchman could bring in a hefty amount of cash which can be used to redesign the club by signing a number of talented players. This would help Bayern offload an injury prone albeit talented player in Franck Ribery who apparently is leaning towards a move away from Germany. This summer will be a busy one for the French star who will be in South Africa for the World Cup and who might be involved in a major transfer move.