Bayern expect Ribery stay

Rummenigge also claims Van Gaal staying put

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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he expects Franck Ribery to stay at the club this summer.

"We want to be able to meet teams like Barcelona at eye-level and for something like that, Franck is very important to us."

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Franck Ribery

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The Frenchman's future has been the subject of constant speculation with a host of clubs across Europe linked with a move for the winger.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea have all been credited with an interest in Ribery with the 27-year-old refusing to rule out a move away from Bayern.

Ribery has just over a year to run on his current contract and it has been suggested Bayern could sell him this summer rather than risk losing him on a free transfer.

Rummenigge is confident Ribery will remain at the Allianz Arena and has indicated the club will open talks over a new deal with the playmaker.

"At the moment, I assume he will stay," Rummenigge told Bild.

"Our goal is still to extend his contract, but if that doesn't happen there is no guarantee we will sell Franck this summer.

"Next season, we want a team who can reach their potential nationally and go a bit further on the international stage.

"We want to be able to meet teams like Barcelona at eye-level and for something like that, Franck is very important to us."

Rummenigge also insists coach Louis van Gaal will remain at Bayern next season, despite suggestions from the Dutchman that he could quit if the club win the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup this term.

"I believe he is very happy here and knows what he has at Bayern," added Rummenigge.

"You could see him smiling when he said he would leave (if Bayern win the treble)."