For the 98th time, Franck Ribery is stay­ing right here – Bay­ern boss

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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