Bundesliga - Ribery leaning towards Spain move

Reuters - Wed, 24 Mar 12:22:00 2010

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery would most likely sign for a Spanish club if he decided to leave the Bundesliga leaders, he was quoted as saying.

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The 26-year-old has been widely expected to leave Bayern at the end of the season, despite a contract that runs until 2011, after Real Madrid tried to sign him last year.

Several top clubs, including Real, Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked by local media with the creative midfielder, who has endured an injury-hit season.

"There still is no decision. I am still thinking about it at this time. But I would be lying if I said there was no trend in one direction," he told Sport Bild.

"If I decided against staying at Bayern then I would most surely go to Spain, although Chelsea are also a great club on a par with Real or Barcelona," added Ribery, who said last year he would like to play for Real at some point.

The Frenchman, who will be heading to this year's World Cup in South Africa, said he would seek a long-term deal at whichever club he plays for next season.

"Wherever I would go I would consider a five-year contract," he said.

Ribery's decision will not be based purely on finances, but will also factor in his desire to play with some of the world's top players and give his family the best environment to settle - which could tip the scales in Real Madrid's favour.

"I have got to consider many factors," he added. "Money is not the only issue. The difference between the clubs is no longer so big.

"The decision will therefore not be made with my bank account, but in my head.

"It has to be not only good for me, but also for my wife (Wahiba) and children.

"Wahiba is certainly a southern woman and she needs the sun.

"I am also only human and when you get an offer from such a club (as Real Madrid), then it is only right that I am allowed to consider it. The best players in the world play there."

Ribery, whose table-topping team are chasing three trophies this year after their run to the German Cup semi-finals and Champions League quarter-finals, is expected to decide on his future in the coming weeks.

"After that everything will happen very quickly," he said.

PA Sport / Reuters

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