Bayern: Ribery is not for sale

Bayern Munich have underlined their intentions to Premier League sides Manchester United and Chelsea that Franck Ribery is not for sale.

The in-form Frenchman has been consistently linked with a move away from the Bundesliga, with Chelsea the latest club to be linked with the former Marseille man.

The 26-year-old’s contract with Bayern still has two years left to run on it, but general manager Uli Hoeness recently admitted Manchester United had made a “casual inquiry”.

Reports in England on Thursday suggest Chelsea are also chasing the France international, but Bayern press officer Markus Horwick has dismissed it as pure speculation.

“This is once again an absolute hoax,” he said, referring to one report that the player had already agreed terms with the Stamford Bridge side.

“Our stance has not changed: we would like to extend Ribery’s contract, not sell him.”