For the 98th time, Franck Ribery is staying right here – Bayern boss
BAYERN MUNICH coach Louis van Gaal says he plans to play star midfielder Franck Ribery in today's clash with Werder Bremen as he integrates the Frenchman back into the squad.
With Real Madrid and Manchester United both reported to still be chasing the 26-year-old midfielder, who played in France’s 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over the Faroe Islands on Wednesday, van Gaal will play him against Bremen.
Ribery has made a slow start to the season after picking up an ankle injury during pre-season training and van Gaal is still working out his first-choice line-up after less than two months in charge.
“Franck is back now, but I must integrate him in the team,” said the Dutchman after Ribery missed last week’s 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim on the season’s opening weekend.
“Perhaps he will play 20 minutes against Bremen.”
And Bayer n Munich general manager Uli Hoeness insists Ribery is going nowhere despite Real and United’s interest. “Let me say this for the 98th time: Franck Ribery is staying at Bayern,” he said.