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01.03.2009 Football News

Ribery agrees four-year Barcelona deal


Franck Ribery has reached an agreement to join Barcelona from Bayern Munich in the summer and will put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal at Camp Nou, according to a report in Germany.

While the French international's agent has stated that he would only leave the Allianz Arena to join a giant like the Blaugrana, Bild am Sonntag believe a deal has already been done.

"If Ribery goes, it will only be to a team like Barcelona, where all the players are stars. Playing for Barcelona would be phenomenal for him" Ribery's agent said earlier.

Rumours surrounding Ribery's next move have been fuelled by comments emanating from Bayern, Ribery's agent and the player himself in recent weeks and it now appears that he will move.

Juventus are said to be interested, but Barcelona's ability to meet both the Bavarian club's asking price and the former Marseille star's demands has seen them take control.

Ribery himself has stated that he does not think that he will see out the contract that he has with Bayern, which runs until 2011, due to the level of interest in his services.

That does contradict an interview that he gave to Sports Bild only two weeks ago when he stated that he is not motivated by money and that he had no plans to leave.