Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery plans to make a decision on his future in the next ten days.
Ribery’s Bayern deal expires in 2011 but, if he does not commit himself to the Bundesliga outfit, there is little chance of them holding on to him for the final 12 months of his contract and then allowing him to walk away for free.
He hinted last month he would favour a move to Spain if he opted to leave Bavaria, but insisted no decision had been taken. Ribery claims he has still not made up his mind but plans to do so in the near future.
Asked by German television channel Sport1 whether he had a concrete offer from a club on the table, he replied: “No. There is at this time no club who say that I will come or to whom I am going.
“Real Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea are still interested in me and they want me to play for them. We have still some games to play and little recovery time. Therefore I believe that I will determine in the very near future what I will do next year.” Pushed as to when, specifically, he said: “I hope in the next week or in the next ten days.”
Ribery wants a five-year contract but insisted last month economic security would not be the only factor in his decision, with his wife keen to move to sunny climes. He will listen to what Bayern have to offer in the near future before reaching his decision.
“I will have talks with the club leadership and with my agent,” he said. “And as I already said, in a week or ten days, when the talks have been held, I will know what the situation is.”