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By ESPN Staff

Klinsmann reveals Real Madrid approach for Ribery

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann has revealed an enquiry has been received from Real Madrid regarding star midfielder Franck Ribery.

Speaking on Bavarian Television, Klinsmann confirmed Madrid's official approach, but claimed the Frenchman would be better off staying put.

''The enquiries we have received, whether it be the one from Real Madrid or whatever, prove his worth,'' said Klinsmann.

''He is happy here and the club situation in Spain is exactly the opposite to FC Bayern. He knows that what he has got here with FC Bayern is great. We are quite sure he will stay with us for a long time.''

Italian media today claimed Juventus have also made enquiries about the 25-year-old, who could also figure on the wishlist of several Premier League sides, but, for now, Klinsmann is proud to be able to say Ribery is his.

''We have an absolutely exceptional player in Franck,'' he added. Ribery is refusing to commit himself to the club beyond the end of this season.

The France international has a deal until 2011 but could be a transfer target for many next summer, after recently admitting he did not know whether he would complete his contracted stay.

''There are lots of clubs in Europe who I dream of (playing for),'' Ribery told Munich's Tz newspaper.

''Nobody knows what will happen next season. It is far too early to talk about it. At the moment, I am not even considering a transfer. I feel very happy in Munich - the people love me, and I love the fans.

''There is a great atmosphere in the team, and everything is fantastic.''

Bayern's general manager Uli Hoeness recently said Ribery is not for sale at any price.

But club president Franz Beckenbauer knows it may be hard to keep hold of the winger if a serious offer does arrive.

''Clubs cannot hold onto players against their will,'' he told Premiere television.

''In the end, the player always wins if there is a battle - so if he really wants to move to Real Madrid, then why not?

''Bayern will do everything to keep him. But he does only have a contract until 2011 - and could move before then.''


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