Midfielder Franck Ribery says that he wants to see out his contract with Bayern Munich, which finishes in 2011, despite interest from several top European sides.
Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all reported to have be interest in the Frenchman.
But Ribery said: "I have a contract and intend on seeing it through."
Ribery says he is aware other clubs have expressed an interest in signing him, but has never actually said he wants to leave Bayern.
"Whether it is Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea or Manchester City, I have never said I want to go anywhere."
And the 25-year-old insists that extending his contract past June 2011 depends on negotiations with Bayern.
However, he told French newspaper Le Monde on Monday that playing for Real Madrid would be a "dream come true".
However, like Germany's Lukas Podolski, Jan Schlaudraff and Marcell Jansen before him, talented teenager Toni Kroos has become the latest star to opt out of Bayern Munich.
"For a young player, to play is most important and it is something which was only proposed to me on occasion at Bayern," said Kroos, voted the best player at the Under-19 World Cup in 2007.
Kroos, 19, agreed an 18-month loan deal with Bayer Leverkusen last week after just seven league games for Bayern this season.
It remains to be seen whether he returns to Bayern. He is not the only rising German star to leave the Bavarian giants frustrated at a lack of first-team chances.
Podolski, voted the 2006 World Cup's best young player, also shone in Euro 2008, despite spending most of last season in the reserves, but his torture will end.
Next season, he returns to Cologne – even if they are relegated – from where he broke into the Germany side before his ill-fated switch to Bayern in 2006.
Barred by more senior and expensive players such as Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni, who both command higher salaries, Kroos and Podolski are not the only promising players who failed to make the grade at Bayern.
Having impressed with Aachen, Schlaudraff played only eight matches in a Bayern shirt before joining Hanover last summer. His time on the Munich bench cost him his place in the Germany squad.
And Euro 2008 finalist Jansen lasted only a season in Bayern before heading to Hamburg.
"Of course, it is extremely difficult for talented young players to exert themselves in the team," Jansen said.
"In each position there is already a genuine world star in resident. If you get your chance, you must take it
with cold-blooded precision, without a single negative thought.
"Young players don't have this unscrupulousness and if you don't take your first chance you have a long wait for the second one – if it comes at all."
Bayern, however, with 21 German titles to their name, will always attract the country's top young players: Alexander Baumjohann of Borussia Moenchengladbach, has just signed a three-year contract starting in July.
"I believe I will be able to succeed in Munich, if not, I would not have accepted this offer," said the 22-year-old midfielder.
What’s happening in the club between Benitez and the owners?
Things are going back and forth, but for now it looks like Rafa will continue at the club.
The English press speculated he could go, and you, the Spanish players, would follow. Florentino was said to be interested in you. And Atletico…
And contracts mean nothing? I have three more years and the others, more or less. I remember when Rafa arrived and they said that the whole of the Valencia midfield would follow: Ayala, Albelda, Aimar…and not one of them came. Neither did Mourinho bring the Chelsea midifled to Inter. The club just keeps going through this debate; it’s normal that people talk and speculate. The team isn’t affected. These are subjects that Benitez and the owners will resolve for good.
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Soooooooo awesome and everyday I am thankful Rafa didn't get his way.
Madrid secure loan to fund Cristiano Ronaldo transfer
Spanish press reinvigorates our favourite summer transfer saga
Since Alex Ferguson thwarted Cristiano Ronaldo’s plans to move to Spain last summer, the tricky winger has dropped plenty of hints that he will bid adieu to rainy Manchester in summer 2009 (see hints here, here and here).
Spanish paper Sport today adds further fuel to the transfer fire, by claiming Emilio Botin, the chairman of Santander bank, has given the green light for a €70m loan to secure the services of the Portuguese star.
Sport claims the two clubs agreed to the transfer at the end of last summer, and the fee is expected to be around €100m. This agreement, however, has a clause that states Manchester Utd can back out of the deal if it is revealed in the press.
We don’t know what surprises us more: the rubbish press clause, the fact that Madrid have secured such a huge loan so easily at a time when banks have little inclination to give out credit, or the idea that Fergie would sell the Spaniards anything other than a virus.source ; the spoiler
Mark van Bommel, has urged the his team-mate Frank Ribery to consider joining Barcelona, believing that the Frenchman could be a real success in Catalonia if he does decide to leave Bayern Munich in the next future.
“Ribery is an explosive, skilful and very technical player but he is also a fighter,” the Dutchman told El Mundo Deportivo. “I do not know if he wants to go to Barcelona, but it would not be unusual if he does because Franck is the best.
“For me, if he joins Barca, he could reach the same level as Ronaldinho", van Bommel added.
*CRIES* Leave him be for now please, I love having him at Bayern ;___;
I know he means well and that he doesn't say he has to go NOW but ugh damnit you're trampling all over my heart here boys. *CLINGS TO HER FRENCHIE*
I have over 90+ HQ photos from the Spain vs. England match.
Remember: ¡¡¡¡Don't repost or hotlink or i'll smash all your fingers and ban you!!!!
jk go nuts with them idgaf
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DONDE ESTA SOARNE!??! I MISS HER :((
Striker charged over sex attack</div>
The Wigan Athletic striker is currently on loan at Middlesbrough
A Premier League footballer has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a nightclub.Wigan striker Marlon King was on loan to Hull City when he was arrested and questioned about the offences in central London on 7 December.
The 28-year-old has also been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm against the 20-year-old woman at the Soho Revue Bar.
Mr King left Hull City in January to play on loan at Middlesbrough.
The striker, whose previous clubs include Watford and Nottingham Forest, was arrested on 10 December, three days after the alleged incident.
A woman received hospital treatment for a broken nose and split lip.
Mr King is set to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 25 February.
According to the Soho Revue Bar's website, the club - formerly the Raymond Revue Bar - closed on 29 January.
Mexico's assistant coach Paco Ramirez slaped (pinche panocha) Frankie Hejduk after the game
(video not working try this link)
Here is what Frankie had to say (he is all class, and kinda oldish)
"I was just trying to pump the crowd up [as he was leaving the field]. I was actually saying, 'F*&% yeah!' I think they thought I was saying, 'F*&% you.' It was a misunderstanding and I can see why they would be a little bit upset if they thought I was saying the other one, which I wasn't. At the end of the day, no one was hurt. There was a little love tap and that was it. I still have my face. No damage done. It was fun. That's just how emotional this game is and that's how passionate they are about their sport. It was none of their players -- I want to make that clear to everyone."
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Agger: Play me or I'm leaving
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger claims he could walk out on the club if he remains on the fringes of the first team at Anfield.
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to cheer us up:
I have to stay indoors all day just to avoid female fans, reveals Arsenal babe-magnet Nasri
Not that it helps that much. The self-proclaimed number one babe magnet at The Emirates simply spends his days opening fan mail containing photos - among other things - and requests for his phone number from gaa-gaa fans.
It's enough to drive a man mad - but not Nasri, who has long since grown accustomed to his sex-symbol status and deals with it like any red-blooded male - by seeking refuge in video games.
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