Confusion over Ribery future
By Patrick Haond & Laurent Picard. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas claims he has come to an agreement with Franck Ribery for the French midfielder to join the club from Marseille this summer.
Aulas has reportedly spoken with Ribery in Germany, where the player is preparing for France's World Cup opener against Switzerland on Tuesday.
The Lyon chief says he has agreed a contract that will bring Ribery to the Stade Gerland, but admits agreeing a deal with Marseille may be difficult.
"He has chosen to join Lyon, it will be his next club, but I don't know when it will be settled yet," Aulas told L'Equipe.
"Marseille has stated in the newspapers that he will stay at l'OM, but they said the same for Didier Drogba and I did the same last season with Michael Essien.
"Pape Diouf knows just like me how difficult it is to keep a player against his will. Franck told me he wants to join us. I think he also told it to his chairman, Pape Diouf.
"A transfer will be complex, but I am in no rush. Franck has chosen to join Lyon."
However, despite Aulas' comments, Pape Diouf is adamant the playmaker will still be playing at the Stade Velodrome next season.
The Marseille chairman also hit out at his Lyon counterpart for speaking with a player when under contract at another club.
"It is quite strange that a player under contract at l'OM goes and gives his official position to a chairman of another club," he stated.
"Franck Ribery is under contract with l'OM and will stay here at least one more season.
"Our position has not changed, Franck Ribery will not leave l'OM, and that behaviour has reinforced it. That behaviour just arouses contempt."Meanwhile, Diouf has confirmed that Caen starlet Ronald Zubar will join Marseille on a four-year deal.
Zubar has been linked with numerous Ligue 1 clubs but Marseille appear to have won the race for the French under-21 international.
"When he comes back from his holidays, he will come and sign his new contract," said Diouf.
"It should be settled this week."