FOOTBALL: Franck Ribery has told Bayern Munich that he wants to leave and join Real Madrid.
Franck Ribery has told Bayern Munich that he wants to leave the club and join the new generation of "galacticos" at Real Madrid.
The France international has been at the centre of a long-running saga over the past six months, with Real and Premier League champions Manchester United chasing his signature.
Bundesliga runners-up Bayern have remained adamant that they will not be selling £30m rated Ribery, but their star asset has now announced his desire to move away from Germany.
The 26-year-old wants to follow Raul Albiol, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in agreeing a big-money, summer move to the Bernabeu, delivering another transfer blow to United.
Sir Alex Ferguson chased Benzema, but the Frenchman snubbed Old Trafford and Ribery looks set to do the same.
"I have made up my mind, I want to leave," Ribery told L'Equipe. "It will be Real or nothing."