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Ribery: There is no Real Madrid agreement in place

Franck Ribery has denied that there is a deal already in place between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich that would see him leave for Spain next summer.

Many expected that the £22m arrival of Arjen Robben from Real last week would pave the way for Ribery to finally leave the Allianz Arena after a summer of speculation, but the player himself has moved to dismiss any such talk.

"Is there an agreement between Bayern and Real for a transfer next summer? Never, I deny it. That is fake. Absolutely nothing has been sorted out so far," he told France Football. "Bayern officials didn't propose me any extension. Maybe we will talk. I have never closed any door. My preference is to move to Spain. One day I will play in La Liga."

The former Marseille man also admitted that his relationship with coach Louis van Gaal had started frostily, further fuelling rumours that his long-term future lay away from the Bundesliga giants.

"For the start of the season in Germany, I was not fit enough for Van Gaal," he added. "He said I was injured. It was a lie, I was not injured. It is true I have been upset. I showed Van Gaal I could be in the group, but he made his decision. The most important thing is trust with the coach, and it is complex.

"We should all laugh a little more too. It is the first time I don't have a positive contact with a coach. I have less feeling. We only have a professional relationship."


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