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No international u-turn

Franck Ribery will not back down on his retirement from the France national team.

The 31-year-old Bayern Munich winger missed this summer's World Cup with a back problem and called time on his international career once the tournament was over.

I took this decision in consultation with Didier Deschamps.

I want to concentrate on my club and I will not change my opinion.

– Franck Ribery speaking to Die Welt

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Alonso agonised about leaving Madrid

Xabi Alonso said choosing to leave Real Madrid for Bayern Munich was the toughest decision of his life.

The former Spain midfielder, who announced his international retirement earlier this week, has also now called time on his five years at the Bernabeu to join German giants Bayern in a transfer reportedly worth 10 million euros (£8million).

"It's been five great years. Now a new cycle is starting and it's been the most difficult decision of my life. I've thought long and hard about it.

"I wanted to be honest with myself and Real Madrid. You need to know when to say goodbye and this was the best time.

"I will always be part of the Madrid family."

Alonso poised to complete Bayern switch

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Alonso leaves the office of a sports doctor after a check-up in Munich. Credit: PA

Xabi Alonso is poised to complete his move to Bayern Munich after Real Madrid confirmed on Friday an agreement had been struck between the two clubs for the former Spain international.

Bayern's financial director Jan-Christian Dreesen revealed on Thursday that an agreement for the 32-year-old midfielder had been struck ''in principle", with the 2010 World Cup winner due in Munich later in the day for a medical and to discuss terms.

Benatia: Bayern move a dream

Medhi Benatia has described joining Bayern Munich as a dream come true and emphasised his excitement at working under coach Pep Guardiola.

I'm delighted that my transfer to Bayern has finally come off. It dragged out a bit and there were times when I thought it might fall through. But Guardiola desperately wanted me and I'm really looking forward to working with him.

He's a fantastic trainer.

Bayern have so many great players. They have such a strong squad and it's a dream to be part of it.

– Mehdi Benatia speaking to Sport1

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Bayern Munich tie up Benatia transfer

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Benatia has joined the German Champions. Credit: PA

German champions Bayern Munich have won the race to sign highly-rated defender Mehdi Benatia from Roma.

The 27-year-old Morocco international had reportedly been a target for both Arsenal and Manchester United after excelling at the Stadio Olimpico to help Roma finish second in the Serie A table last season.

But Bundesliga giants Bayern have now secured his services for the next five years.

A statement published on the club's official website read: "On Tuesday afternoon the German champions reached an agreement with Roma over the transfer of Mehdi Benatia. Both clubs have agreed not to disclose the transfer fee.

"Benatia will come to Munich in the next few days to undergo a medical. The central defender will then sign a five-year contract."

Schweinsteiger out for a month

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to miss the start of the Bundesliga season and Germany's next two international fixtures, according to his club's chairman.

Speaking in Munich on Tuesday, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the knee injury which Schweinsteiger aggravated during a pre-season match in the United States was likely to sideline the World Cup winner until mid-September.

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