Ribery: I must control temper against Dortmund

The attacker says the weekend’s match is “very, very important”, while indicating that talks over a new deal are “not looking bad”

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery admits he must stay in control of his temper when the Bundesliga leaders face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

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The experienced former France international has been scrutinised for much of this season for failing to keep his frustrations in check.

Head coach Carlo Ancelotti criticised Ribery for clashing with Felipe Melo in pre-season against Inter, while similar incidents involving Hamburg’s Nicolai Muller and Dortmund youngster Felix Passlack have prompted further questions over his temperament.

And the 33-year-old concedes that he will need to toe the line when the champions meet Thomas Tuchel’s side at Signal Iduna Park.

​”​A match against Dortmund is always emotional,” he told TZ. “But that’s no problem. I know I have to control myself in these situations.

“The match is important, the atmosphere is tense and the fans want to see our best performance. You have to try and not let yourself to be bothered by that too much.​

​”​It is very, very important for us. A match against Dortmund is like a derby – the pressure is always huge.​”​

Bayern issued a denial on Thursday after it was claimed that Ribery had agreed a new contract to keep him at the Allianz Arena until 2018.

The former Marseille winger says negotiations are progressing well but stopped short of saying whether an agreement will be reached.

“​It’s not looking bad, but I can’t say how the solution will look in the end,” he said, before adding: “Bayern and I are like a couple.​”​

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Bayern Munich have denied that Franck Ribery has signed a new contract with the Bundesliga champions until June 2018.

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The former France international’s existing contract at the Allianz Arena is due to expire the end of this season and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently stated that Bayern aim to open talks with Ribery sooner rather than later.

L’Equipe claimed on Thursday that talks have already come to a successful conclusion, with Ribery allegedly inking a one-year renewal, but Bayern have now stressed there is no truth in such claims.

“Thursday’s edition of French newspaper L’Equipe reports that Bayern and Ribery have reached an agreement over a renewal until 2018. This report is wrong,” a brief statement on the club’s website reads.

Ribery, 33, joined Bayern from Marseille in 2007 and has since made more than 300 appearances in all competitions for the reigning German champions.

'Lewandowski over Aubameyang' – Boateng sides with team-mate ahead of Der Klassiker

The Roten striker is superior to the Borussia Dortmund ace, says his team-mate ahead of this weekend’s meeting between the two

Jerome Boateng feels Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski is more complete than his Borussia Dortmund counterpart Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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Lewandowski and Aubameyang are widely regarded as the best attackers in the Bundesliga, accounting for a combined 55 top-flight goals last term – the Poland international scoring five more with a tally of 30.

Although Aubameyang has converted four more times than the Bayern star in the current campaign, Boateng thinks Lewandowski is the superior player.

“It is hard to say who is the better player of the two,” Boateng told reporters ahead of Saturday’s encounter between them at the Signal Iduna Park. “Robert is my team-mate and I have faced Aubameyang a number of times when we played against Dortmund.

“Both are top strikers, but I would say that Lewandowski is a bit more complete.”

Bayern hold a six-point lead over Dortmund heading into this weekend’s clash, but Boateng nonetheless expects a tough match.

“Dortmund are our biggest rivals in the title race,” he added.

“Dortmund have always been tough opponents. We want to go there and get something.

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“It is one of the highlights of the season. Playing in Dortmund is always interesting. These are exactly the kind of games we need to see where we are up to.”

Bayern may have to make do without the services of Arjen Robben and Javi Martinez on Saturday, with the duo training individually on Thursday due to injury concerns.

Gnabry open to Bayern Munich move

The Werder Bremen winger could see himself making a move to the Allianz Arena at some stage, with Jerome Boateng praising the former Arsenal forward

Werder Bremen attacker Serge Gnabry has welcomed reports linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.

The Germany international has been one of the revelations of the Bundesliga season following his move from Arsenal and scored a hat-trick on his senior Germany debut against San Marino last week.

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Bayern are believed to be keeping a close eye on the winger’s development, with reports suggesting they have an option to buy him at the end of the season.

Gnabry would face stiff competition for a place in the starting XI at the Allianz Arena, but he would be up for the fight.

“I could definitely see myself at Bayern Munich,” Gnabry told reporters.

“I am the kind of player who likes a challenge.”

‘Lahm still has four years left in him’

Bayern defender Jerome Boateng, meanwhile, would welcome the 21-year-old with open arms if he were to make the move.

“Gnabry has developed superbly, he is an amazing player,” Boateng said at a news conference.

“I think he has what it takes to play for Bayern. I hope he will stay healthy, he has the potential to achieve anything.”

Lahm will not retire yet, he still has four years left in him – Martinez

The Bayern Munich defender does not expect the 33-year-old Allianz Arena stalwart to hang up his boots at the end of the season as he remains ‘fresh’

Javi Martinez is confident Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm will not retire just yet and has backed his ability to keep playing until 2020.

Lahm suggested this month he could retire at the end of the 2016-17 season, but Martinez feels the former Germany international still has plenty to offer.

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“Philipp is still looking so young and fresh,” Martinez told Bild .

“He will not retire just yet, I simply do not believe that. Philipp has to keep playing. I’d say he still has four or so years left in him.

“Age is not relevant in football. I used to play with Aritz Aduriz at Athletic Bilbao. He is 35 now and is playing like a youngster.”

Lahm has been heavily linked with the position of sporting director once he ends his playing career and Martinez believes his team-mate would suit the role.

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“Everybody respects him, the players, the fans, the club bosses, even the journalists,” Martinez added.

“He is a very responsible guy, so I do not see a reason why he could not become sporting director.”