Chelsea Reportedly Seeking Franck Ribery

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of,

franck-ribery9English Premier League powerhouse Chelsea Football Club has been trying to pry midfielder Luka Modric from rivals Tottenham all summer. But it looks as if they are close to giving up on their efforts as the transfer window approaches its close. The London club has now reportedly turned its attention towards French Muslim midfielder Franck Ribery. Ribery currently displays his play-making abilities for German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Chelsea has already offered a reported 30 million pounds for Ribery, but Bayern Munich will reportedly not even consider any offers of less than 36 million pounds. The Blues are reportedly ready to pay Ribery a yearly wage of 10 million pounds per year.

Previousl Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelloti reportedly tried to sign Ribery, two years ago but was quoted a price of 88 million pounds by Bayern president Uli Hoeness. Ribery, despite his on and off the pitch struggles over the past two years, is still considered one of the most dynamic midfielders in the world. And Bayern paid a pretty penny, a record 22 million pounds, to sign him from Marseille in 2007. Ribery remains the highest paid player in the Bundesliga, at 180,000 pounds per week. He still has four years remaining on his current contract with Bayern Munich.

But the British transfer window is close to slamming shut. So Chelsea will have to make up their minds as to whether to go all out in their pursuit of the 28 year-old Frenchman.


Franck Ribery Enjoying Soccer Again

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of,

Franck-Ribery-006Bayern Munich star midfielder Franck Ribery  is having fun plying his trade out on the pitch after a long time. He praises new head coach Jupp Heynckes for the faith he has shown in him, and added that he is full of confidence again. Ribery has been active and impressive in both of Bayern’s wins thus far in the German Bundesliga season. The French Muslim midfielder international stated that he is enjoying his football again, for the first time in a long while.

He spoke to Kicker, “I really had a lot of fun in today’s game [against Hamburg]. I’m brimming with confidence again. The coach has a lot of faith in me and I really like the way he treats the players,” Ribery was quoted as saying. “I haven’t had fun on the pitch for two years. I had had more than enough of it. I can’t play the way I want to play when I’m not having fun out there. I need to enjoy myself to be at my best.”

Ribery has endured a difficult time on and off the pitch over the past two years. He was involved in a personal scandal that tested the resolve of his marriage. He was also struck by a number of injuries. And, he was also a part of the controversial French World Cup team last season that dealt with poor play and divisiveness in the locker-room. Bayern currently is tied for third place in the Bundesliga standings with six points from three games. The club has scored six goals and given up only one so far.