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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


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."


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