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Franck Ribery may well want to join Barcelona and could have everything required to be a star at Camp Nou, however, Mark van Bommel did not say that to anyone...

Mark van Bommel was misquoted when reports suggested that Franck Ribery had told him that he wanted to play for Barcelona, according to a Bayern Munich spokesman.

The Dutch midfielder has demanded that several Spanish media outlets issue an apology for claiming that he said his team-mate would suit the Blaugrana.

In the build-up to the second leg of their Champions League tie, Bayern were stunned to read that their captain had promoted the idea of one of the club's best players leaving in the summer.

But Van Bommel has now moved to deny that he ever said that Ribery should go, wanted to go or would be good for Barcelona, as the Bundesliga giants' press officer, Markus Horwick, explained.

“Van Bommel tried to give an interview in Spanish, but what he meant to say is not what was interpreted,” he told reporters ahead of the Champions League match on Tuesday.

“He was asked if he thought Ribery was good enough to play for Barcelona and he said that he felt he was.

“I would ask that all the online reports in the Spanish media claiming the contrary be removed.”

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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