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Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 22:06 GMT 23:06 UK
Wenger cools Ribery speculation
Franck Ribery
Ribery made his international breakthrough at the World Cup
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down reports he will sign Marseille winger Franck Ribery.

The 23-year-old was a huge success as France reached the World Cup final in the summer, with his agent insisting the Gunners are keen admirers.

Wenger said: "We have never made an offer to Marseille for Ribery.

"I find him a good player, but I do not look for any players at the moment because I feel I have exactly the squad I need."

Ribery was linked with a 10m move to the Gunners in the summer but stayed at Marseille.

His agent Bruno Heidersheid told the News of the World: "Wenger likes Ribery a lot. He wanted to take him this summer but Marseille refused to sell.

"Arsene has made it clear he wants to take him next year."

But Wenger countered that he had no need for Ribery at the moment.

"Offensively we have lost some players, but people like Tomas Rosicky have come in and the young players have also developed," he said.

"So at the moment, I am not looking for anybody to come in."

Ribery moved to Marseille from Metz last summer and still has four years left on his contract.

Heiderscheid insists the France international is keen to join up with Wenger in the Premiership.

However, he has not yet had any official contact with the club.

"Franck would very much like to join Arsenal because of Arsene, the style of football they play and because his very close friend from the France team, Thierry Henry, plays for them," said Heiderscheid.

"I can categorically deny there is any agreement with Arsenal at this stage or even negotiations.

"These would have to take place in January at the earliest as we see how the season progresses with Marseille.

"Franck is now a very big player in Europe and it's true the biggest clubs want him badly."

Ribery was handed his international debut just before the World Cup and impressed with his pace and flair on the flank.

He is expected to take the role of the retired Zinedine Zidane for Les Bleus.



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