Duo pledge Bayern future

Gomez and Ribery pledge to stay at under-performing club

Ribery: Pledged to stay at Bayern Munich along with Mario Gomez

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Bayern Munich stars Mario Gomez and Franck Ribery have both pledged to stay at the club.

The pair's support comes after Dutch winger Arjen Robben hinted he may leave if UEFA Champions League football is not secured next season.

But French winger Ribery, who has a contract until 2015, insists he is not leaving the German giants, who currently sit third in the Bundesliga, nor is Germany striker Gomez.

"I'm staying at Bayern, I feel good here, I will not be going away," Ribery told Munich newspaper TZ.


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Gomez, who is contracted until 2013, added: "It's not as though I intend to leave the club even after my contract expires."

Hoeness defence

The pair have also leapt to the defence of under-fire president Uli Hoeness, who has been criticised by Bayern fans for giving financial help to local second-division rivals 1860 Munich, who recently faced bankruptcy.

Banners branding Hoeness a 'liar' were seen at Munich's Allianz Arena ground during last Saturday's 1-0 win over Monchengladbach.

Fans have already protested against Hoeness this season with the club strongly rumoured to be set to sign Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from rivals Schalke once the season finishes.

"Hoeness is a great man and I know how hurt he was by the insults," said Ribery.

"I can't understand it, it's not good."

Long service

Hoeness has spent more than 40 years at Bayern Munich as both a player and general manager.

"He has made the club great and he lives for Bayern, it's a shame that something like this has happened," said Gomez.

Hoeness admitted on Thursday he was shocked to be targeted by Bayern's hardcore fans.

"Because of my support for 1860 and, because I heavily defended Manuel Neuer after our game in Munich, I was expecting a reaction from certain people," said Hoeness.

"But it came in a form I would have never thought possible, I was shocked by what I saw last Saturday."

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