Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has revealed he talked to French superstar Franck Ribery about joining the A-League as a marquee player next season - but thinks a move is unlikely.
The 35-year-old attacker is leaving Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at the end of the season with the club looking to rejuvenate for the future as they trail rivals Borussia Dortmund in the league.
Babbel says he reached out to Ribery after learning of the star's uncertain future, however he admitted scepticism about a potential move for the player Down Under.
"Franck Ribery, of course, I was in touch with him," Babbel told SMH.
"He hasn't decided at the moment but I can't believe that he will come here, because we're talking about a category that normally for the A-League is not realistic."
He lifted the Champions League trophy with Bayern in 2013 and has won an incredible eight Bundesliga titles since joining the club in 2007.