No Ribery buy-out clause
Reports of £43m option in Frenchman's contract are inaccurate
Last Updated: February 7, 2011 4:01pm
Ribery: No £43m option
Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have dismissed reports that Franck Ribery has a £43million buy-out clause in his contract.
Kicker had reported that the France international had agreed to the term in his new deal in May 2010 and that long-term admirers Real Madrid were considering a bid.
But Bayern have dismissed the suggestions and insist that there is no clause in Ribery's contract, which runs until the summer of 2015.
A statement read: "Bayern Munich straightens out the coverage of kicker-Sportmagazin in its current edition.
"Kicker-Sportmagazin claimed Franck Ribery is able to leave Bayern Munich through a buy-out clause. Bayern Munich clarifies that this claim is wrong."
Meanwhile, under-pressure Bayern manager Louis van Gaal has expressed his anger that Bayern again surrendered a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at relegation-threatened Cologne on Saturday.
The Dutchman now sees his team sat 15 points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund and hopes of defending their title seem to be as good as over.
Van Gaal told Deutsche Presseagentur: "This needs to be enough, usually. But we cannot play constantly over 90 minutes. It is our very own fault. I am definitely baffled, shocked and angry."
He added: "Maybe I made a mistake on my half-time speech. Probably, I sounded too confident."