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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 August 2006, 23:10 GMT 00:10 UK
Ribery opts to stay at Marseille
Marseille midfielder Franck Ribery
Ribery has been courted by clubs throughout Europe
France winger Franck Ribery has pledged his future to Marseille, days after saying he wants to leave the club.

"I am a Marseille player and I'm happy to be here," said 23-year-old Ribery. "I feel great. I hope to have a good season at Marseille."

Ribery, linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, said earlier in the summer that he wanted to see his four-year contract out before changing his mind.

The midfielder has now changed his mind again following talks at the club.

Ribery, also linked with Lyon, added: "I have talked to (club's main shareholder) Mr Dreyfus and to president Mr Diouf.

"Our main goal now is to finish the season in the first three (in Ligue 1) to play in the Champions League next year."

Earlier this week Ribery said: "My wish is to leave Marseille. I want to play in the Champions League.

"The Marseille club officials know where I want to go and the club I wish to sign for also know it."

He added on French TV channel TF1: "My choice is made and I will not go back. Now both clubs have to reach an agreement."

Ribery played a key role as France reached the World Cup final before losing to Italy on penalties but Lyon have been chasing him for several months.

Speaking after his side had begun the new French league season with a 3-1 win over Nantes on Friday, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed his side were still interested in signing Ribery.

Aulas told Canal Plus: "He has always been a priority for us and everyone here hopes he will come."


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