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Ribery Talks Did Happen

Marseille sporting director, Jose Anigo, has confirmed that Arsene Wenger has approached the French outfit with regards to French winger Franck Ribery, but no agreement had been reached as the Sky Sports website had suggested.

Speaking with the clubs official website, Anigo also made it clear that it is Marseille's intentions to keep the player.

'It is very clear that there is no agreement with Arsenal or with any other European club,' Anigo said.

'Indeed Arsenal did come to discuss with Pape [Diouf, Marseille president] and Arsene Wenger spoke to him about it, but there were also discussions with other large European clubs.

'I could list them all but I would not have enough fingers on two hands to count them.'

'Franck is much coveted for sure and he has a certain price today. But our objective is to reach a place in the Champions League and for that it is necessary to keep out best players,'

'So I do not see why we would discuss the departure of Franck, as we have high hopes and we want to keep our best elements to go in the right direction.

'If we do not manage to qualify for the Champions League, inevitably it will be necessary to raise the question [of his departure].

'But I repeat there is no agreement with Arsenal or another club, whether through me or Pape Diouf.'

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 9 2006

Time: 8:31PM

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i think ribery would be a gr8 addition to our squad but it wud prob be da end for freddi
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09/10/2006 20:34:00

i duno, if i would want ribery, i feel are money could be better somewhere else, but he is a world class player! [Edited by pmust]
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09/10/2006 20:49:00

this could be bad news for me,because i was told that i would be in the first team in two years
fran merida
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09/10/2006 20:52:00

Ribery is a winger where as Merida is a central midfielder. You'll be fine ;)
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09/10/2006 20:58:00

rocky please anwser me why do u keep takin off my comments
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09/10/2006 21:07:00

Because comments left on these articles are supposed to be part of good footballing debate and not mindless nonesense. If you notice all your football related comments have been left alone.
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09/10/2006 21:26:00

ribery isnt a winger though he is the zidane
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09/10/2006 21:32:00

Ribery would be a great addition - the pace that has been lost in the last seaosn - Freddie as much as we love him - has lost that pace and his goal tally is showing that. I'm not saying it's time to take him out to the barn with a shot gun - but with Reyes gone, Walcott still not there - we need wingers. Wengers winning teams have always had great support from the wings, be it Overmars, Pires, Freddie and even Wiltord to a degree. Ribery would definately make the team stronger. Go get him Arsene.
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10/10/2006 00:16:00

blody hell guys he said only talks that doint mean we are gonna bid dose it no! we will see what happens if wew do buy him i say we play him right wing then moive walcoot to left or strikers
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10/10/2006 00:36:00

i just hope that even if we buy him, we dont play 17.5 million for him as it was quoted the other day, cuz he isn't worth that much money..
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10/10/2006 08:42:00

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10/10/2006 08:42:00

I don't want him. I think he'll hold back Theo and we need players like Walcott coming through. Lets face it, we have Hleb, Rosicky, Walcott, Freddie and RVP that can play on either flank. He is one mega fugly muvva though.
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10/10/2006 09:04:00

I agree with hatespur. He is a good player and i think any team would like to have him but we have so many players upfront who are coming through that he would just introduce a selection problem. But if the Le Boss wants him, he has a strategic use for him that strengthens the team and the players that us mere mortals cannot see. So if we bid, i will say go for it!
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10/10/2006 11:36:00

I dont rate this player. OK he had a good world cup but look at how many fantastic players had a poor world cup? Do ya see what I did their? He certainly isnt a 17.5M player and it would be interesting to see his age - he looks about 42 lol. Not for me - bring Theo through he is gona shine..
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10/10/2006 11:57:00

ribery's speedy and stuff but arsenal have a strongly fortified midfield anyway and with the permanent signing of Baptista it should be pretty much perfect. Besides there are a lot more hidden talents waiting out there waiting to be signed at rip off prices... which is supposed to be arsenal's speciality right?... right?
theory henry
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10/10/2006 12:46:00

He would have been great for you gooners.
wei, wu and shu
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10/10/2006 15:41:00

Billy rides a red bike.
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17/10/2006 10:24:00


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