srijeda, 6. siječnja 2010.

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery Rejects Inter For Real Madrid

Bayern Munich ace Franck Ribery has rejected advances from Inter, telling them he only wants Real Madrid.

Il Corriere Dello Sport reports the €60 million rated Frenchman was telephoned by Nerazzurri patron Massimo Moratti, who tried to entice him into joining his side.

The report claims Ribery boasted to friends about his conversation with Moratti, in which he allegedly told the Italian: "I want Real Madrid, no other club."

He has been tipped to leave the Bavarian club with Real hovering in the background. Chelsea have also been connected with him, but it appears the Santiago Bernabeu is his next destination.

This comes just days after Bayern denied they were in talks with Real Madrid over a possible transfer. It is said the rejection by Ribery was the catalyst that sparked the Nerazzurri's interest in Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

A number of voices around the peninsula claim the England international could leave Anfield if the club fails to reach the top four this season.

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About Real Madrid C.F.

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol , commonly known as Real Madrid (and in Spain, within an adequate context, simply as el Madrid), is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. It is the most successful team in Spanish football and was voted by FIFA as the most successful club of the 20th century, having won a record thirty-one La Liga titles, seventeen Spanish Cups, a record nine European Cups and two UEFA Cups. Real was a founding member of FIFA and the now-defunct G–14 group of Europe's leading football clubs as well as its replacement, the European Club Association. The word "Real" in the club's name is the Spanish term for "Royal", and was added in 1920 together with the royal crown in the emblem.

Founded in 1902, Real Madrid has since spent all of its history in the top flight of Spanish football. In the 1940s, the club, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Deportiva were rebuilt following the Spanish Civil War. The club established itself as a major force in both Spanish and European football during the 1950s. In the 1980s, the club had one of the best teams in Spain and Europe (known as La Quinta del Buitre), winning two UEFA Cups, five Spanish championships in a row, one Spanish cup and three Spanish Super Cups.

The team traditional home colours are all white, although it initially adopted a blue oblique stripe on the shirt. Its crest has been changed several times in attempts to modernise or re-brand; the current crest is a modified version of the one first adopted in the 1920s. Real's home ground is the 80,354-person-capacity Santiago Bernabéu football stadium in downtown Madrid, where it has played since 1947.

Real Madrid holds long-standing rivalries with some other clubs; the most notable of these is with FC Barcelona, the two teams regularly contest in El Clásico. Unlike most European football clubs, Real Madrid's members (socios) have owned and operated the club since its inception. The club is the world's richest football club (€351m) in terms of revenue and the second most valuable (worth over €950m as of 2008).