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Zinedine Zidane dealt Manchester United a blow yesterday by claiming Franck Ribery will join Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid this summer.
Real legend Zidane, who has returned to the Bernabeu as adviser to new president Florentino Perez, insisted his old club had lodged a bid for United target Ribery and said: ‘I don’t see how he can turn it down.’
Zidane confirmed he had spoken to the Bayern Munich midfielder and added: ‘Franck has a decision to make, but I believe he cannot refuse an offer from Real. He is a great player, and I expect him to be turning out for Real.
‘It is only natural that the best players in the world are going to cost a lot of money, but we would welcome him with open arms.’
They will also turn their attention to David Silva of Valencia, plus Liverpool pair Xabi Alonso and Alvaro Arbeloa.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will readily accept £8million from Real for Arbeloa, after sensing he is close to landing Glen Johnson from Portsmouth. But he is less enamoured about Alonso also heading for the Bernabeu. Source