Bayern fire Ribery warning
Hoeness willing to listen if Frenchman wants to leave
By Thomas Zocher. Last Updated: May 29, 2009 11:16am
Ribery: Will cost a lot
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness says £45million would not buy one of Franck Ribery's legs following reports Chelsea are willing to pay that amount for the Frenchman.
Speculation has claimed that Chelsea are willing to offer a British record in a bid to entice the playmaker to Stamford Bridge over the summer.
Ribery is rumoured to be the Blues' top transfer target and Carlo Ancelotti, who is tipped to replace Guus Hiddink as manager, has recommended the former Marseille ace.
Hoeness revealed earlier this week that Manchester United had made a tentative enquiry, should Cristiano Ronaldo leave Old Trafford, while Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been linked with bids.
However, Hoeness has warned that, if Ribery asks to leave Allianz Arena, his new club will have to smash the world record fee for a footballer.
"If a player comes to ask for a transfer, we will listen to him and consider his appeal," Hoeness told Bild.
"However, no one has been in touch with us yet, and I can only insist I will not answer the phone if there are clubs willing to make such bids.
"You will not even get a leg of Ribery for £45m."
One of Ribery's agents Jean-Pierre Bernes said: "I am not making a statement on wage demands, I do not want to make any statement on Franck Ribery's future."
Meanwhile, doubt has been cast over Luca Toni's future at Bayern after Mario Gomez and Ivica Olic were added to the club's striking options for next season.
Hoeness said: "We will certainly not head into a season having five strikers in our squad."