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Real bid for Villa, Ribery hits skids

REAL Madrid's bid to buy Valencia striker David Villa has foundered and Bayern Munich's asking price for Franck Ribery is far too high, Director General Jorge Valdano said yesterday.

"We have been in talks to buy Villa the past week but there has been no agreement," Valdano said in an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

"What appeared to be well on the way to happening looks now to be falling through," he added. "If there is no accord we still have two or three more alternatives."

Valdano, who was appointed to help oversee a massive spending project to help rebuild the team under new president Florentino Perez, said Bayern was playing hardball on the Ribery transfer. "They don't want to sell him and that's why they quoted us an astronomical price," he said.

In Germany, Bayern reiterated its desire to hold on to Ribery with at least three other major European clubs retaining an interest in buying him.

Still under contract until 2011, the Frenchman has recently hinted he would like to play in Spain or England but his German employers are adamant he will stay on.

"We turned (a Real Madrid offer) down because we have no intention of selling Ribery," Bayern Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Bild newspaper.

"Other teams have confronted us with specific sums," Rummenigge said. "Chelsea have been in touch, as well as Manchester United and Barcelona."

Bayern said recently it would not consider any bids under 40 million euros (US$55.62 million) for the 26-year-old France international.

Transfer period

Lyon striker Karim Benzema was another of Real's targets, but there was plenty of time before the end of the transfer period to negotiate a deal for the player, Valdano said.

It appeared the club's efforts to sign Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso would come to nothing as the English club didn't want to sell him, he added.

Real was looking to buy four or five more players following the purchase of Kaka and the record bid for Cristiano Ronaldo, but further arrivals depended on the club selling players first.

The club had received the most offers for Dutch pair Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, he said, but suggested the amount offered was not enough.


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