Hoeness holds Ribery hope
Chairman feels scandal has boosted chances of a new deal
By Thomas Zocher. Last Updated: April 28, 2010 9:13am
Ribery: Year left on his contract
Bayern Munich chairman Uli Hoeness believes the club's chances of keeping Franck Ribery have improved since he was caught up in a police investigation.
Ribery was recently questioned by police as a witness in a case of prostitution involving a minor in France and his lawyer believes the matter is now closed.
However, reports in Spain have claimed that Real Madrid have cooled their interest in signing Ribery after he was previously tipped to move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.
The France international winger, who continues to be linked with a switch to the Premier League, only has another year remaining on his contract at Bayern.
But, after Bayern secured a place in this season's UEFA Champions League final, Hoeness remains hopeful that the club can convince Ribery to sign a new deal following the recent allegations regarding his private life.
"We are keen and we have supported him in every aspect with regard to this," Hoeness told Bild. "Mark van Bommel was even visiting him at home.
"I know this has all moved Franck and his wife very much, but it is a fact that our position has not been worsened at all.
"Everyone from our club has behaved well throughout this, everyone supported him and absolutely cared about him.
"This was a matter of course, though, as he has done nothing wrong."