Ribery - Champions League a must

Bayern ace hints at quitting club in event of failure to finish in top two

Ribery: Bayern warning

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Franck Ribery admits it would be 'difficult' to stay at Bayern Munich if the club failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Bayern are locked in a fierce five-way battle for the Bundesliga crown, with only three points separating the title contenders.

The reigning champions sacked coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the start of the week and appointed Jupp Heynckes until the end of the season.

Ribery is an integral figure in the club's battle for honours, but has regularly been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena.

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, along with Manchester United, are all rumoured to be plotting a summer bid for the France international.


And the former Marseille playmaker has suggested he may consider his future at Bayern if they miss out on the Champions League.

"It would be difficult for me to stay if we do not reach this goal," Ribery told L'Equipe. "It is why the club must, at all cost, finish at least in second place.

"We want to win the league. It is still possible, but the priority of the club and of the coach is to make sure we finish at least in second place to qualify directly for the Champions League."

Meanwhile, reports in Italy claim that Inter Milan now want to sign Ribery and would be willing to offer players in part-exchange in a bid to secure a deal.