Chelsea And Real Madrid Eye Ribery Transfer As Bayern Munich Star Falls Out With Louis Van Gaal

Bayern Munich winger would fit in nicely at Stamford Bridge or the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery hit back on Tuesday at recent criticism from coach Louis van Gaal, saying he needed more trust from the Dutchman and more time on the pitch.

Van Gaal blasted Ribery in the media last week, saying the French international midfielder was not working hard enough following a seven-week injury lay-off.

Ribery, who earlier this year signed a contract extension with the Bavarians until 2015, said he was very disappointed to hear the comments and suggested the coach should have spoken to him directly.

“I give it all I have and do everything to be fit again,” Ribery told Germany’s Sky television in an interview to be broadcast later on Tuesday. “But if the coach always talks badly about you, if he keeps dragging you down then it becomes difficult.

“I was very disappointed to see his comments in the media. I would prefer for him to say it to me directly.” (Reuters)

For those wondering what van Gaal said to flare Ribery’s temper, it resulted from criticism of the Frenchman’s performance in a friendly match arranged especially to aid his return to fitness.

The Bayern Munich manager said, “He did not put in any effort and showed no commitment. That is a shame.”

“None of them put in much effort but least of all Ribery. He caused no confusion at all.”

The trouble with player power in the modern game is that once you bruise a footballer’s ego, he knows that someone will gladly massage it elsewhere.

There are certain things that can bring a player’s price down: a long-term injury, a soon-to-expire contract or unhappiness at his current club.

Ribery signed a new contract at Bayern Munich in May 2010, ending rumours that he was set to leave for as little as £15m – or as much as £80m!

At that point, he was one of the stars of world football, but a prostitution scandal and poor showing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which resulted in his suspension have affected his status.

If he is disillusioned with life in Germany under van Gaal though, he could force through a move – and there will only ever be one winner there.

Chelsea and Real Madrid were both strongly linked with the player prior to his contract extension, and will almost certainly be interested again.

As long as he works hard to reach his form prior to his injury, of course.

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