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Uli Hoeness opens door for Ribery departure

Is Ribery really that happy to be leaving Bayern?

Is Ribery really that happy to be leaving Bayern?

In the run up to the January transfer window, Uli Hoeness is set to send club accountants into overdrive after declaring that Bayern Munich are willing to let Franck Ribéry go.

The president of the Bavarian club has usually held a staunch stance on the departure of the French star claiming that he is not for sale and if he was to leave, it would be for an astronomical fee but just yesterday speaking during a meeting with the Seeoner Seedeife’n fan club Hoeness is said to have stated:

“If Ribery doesn’t renew his deal in the spring, it would be fiscally irresponsible to keep him, as he’s out of contract in 2011, we’d just be giving away €50-60 million in that case.”

This will be music to the ears of  the likes or Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea who have followed Ribery since the summer but had no joy in trying to sign him.

There have been mixed reports on Ribery’s stance over a move away from the club with some media outlets claiming he is seeking a move whilst other stating he wishes to remain in Bavaria but the fact Hoeness has gone public over his contract situation seems to show that things are not running smoothly behind the scenes at the Allianz Arena.

If he is available any possible suitor will expect to pay no less than £50m in this current transfer market.

[Is there any substance to this and should this rumour Fly or Die?]

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