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Ribery demands move to Real Madrid

BAYERN Munich star Franck Ribery says he wants to join Real Madrid.

The France international midfielder wants a move sorted out quickly, and has ruled out the possibility of joining any other club.

"It's decided, I want to leave," Ribery told sports daily L'Equipe today. "Yes, it will be to Real or nothing."

Real Madrid has already spent massive sums in this offseason, signing Kaka from AC Milan, Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United and Karim Benzema from Lyon, along with defender Raul Albiol from Valencia.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hasn't completely ruled out Ribery's departure in previous comments, but the Bavarian club would want a sizable fee to let him go.

"I would like a discussion with the Bayern directors fairly quickly," the 26-year-old Ribery said.

Ribery has played 38 games for France, scoring seven goals, including in both 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania earlier this year - both tight 1-0 wins settled by Ribery's goals.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has overseen €209 million (US$297 million) in transfer spending since assuming the presidency on June 1 - with a record 80 million pounds (€94 million; US$131 million) for Ronaldo alone.

Perez, who in his first stint in the presidency put together Real Madrid's 'Galacticos' squad including Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, David Beckham and Brazil striker Ronaldo, has embarked on a similar plan to bring success back to Madrid. Last season, fierce rival Barcelona won the Spanish domestic double and the Champions League.

On Tuesday, Kaka was given a Hollywood-style welcome in front of 50,000 fans at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and Cristiano Ronaldo is due to be presented next week in a similar glitzy presentation.


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