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Ribery retires from France duty

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Franck Ribery. Credit: PA

France winger Franck Ribery, 31, has announced his retirement from international duty with immediate effect.

Ribery missed this summer's World Cup in Brazil after suffering a lower back injury in training shortly before the tournament got under way and has now decided he no longer wants to represent Les Bleus.

"I quit," Ribery said in an interview with German sports magazine Kicker. "I have found for myself that this moment has come."


Mangala keen on joining Chelsea over Man City

Mangala will travel to the World Cup with France. Credit: PA

Porto's central defender Eliaquim Mangala could turn down Premier League champions Man City in favour of Chelsea this summer.

The French international is also a target for Man United and PSG, but appears to have his heart set on a move to London.

"City or Chelsea? Chelsea because it is London," Mangala told BeIn Sports.

"My goal now is the World Cup. We will see what happens after that. I told [agent] Jorge Mendes that I don't want to know anything about the transfer window until then."


Cisse eyes France World Cup squad

Djibril Cisse has set his heart on a return to the France squad after marking the start of a World Cup year with a transfer back to Ligue 1.

The former Auxerre, Liverpool, Marseille and Panathinaikos striker has joined mid-table club Bastia from Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, and is hoping to catch the attention of national coach Didier Deschamps before he settles on his squad for the summer tournament in Brazil.

I think people know my character. I am a winner, very demanding and never satisfied.

I'm 32, I've been around a long time and I don't feel old at all. I have good years ahead of me and I'm going to do good things.

I still want titles and goals.

I have one objective that everyone knows about: I love the blue (of France) and I will do everything to get it.

– French striker Djibril Cisse
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