July 2, 2009 / 7:40 AM / 10 years ago

Soccer-Ribery makes mind up -- 'Real Madrid or nothing'

PARIS, July 2 (Reuters) - Franck Ribery wants to leave Bayern Munich and join Real Madrid, sports daily L’Equipe quoted the France midfielder as saying on Thursday.

Ribery’s compatriot Karim Benzema has already agreed to join the Spanish side from Olympique Lyon and become Real’s third major signing after Brazil’s Kaka and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I have made up my mind, I want to leave,” Ribery told Thursday’s issue of L’Equipe. “It will be Real (Madrid) or nothing.

Bayern officials have repeatedly said the 26-year-old Ribery, who joined them in 2007 from Olympique Marseille, was not for sale. (Editing by Peter Rutherford; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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