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Ribery confirms desire to stay with Bayern

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  • Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery reiterates his desire to stay with club
  • Ribery has been persistently linked with a transfer to Real Madrid this summer
  • Schalke join Wolfsburg as only teams with perfect records, beating Bochum
  • Borussia Moenchengladbach defeat Hertha Berlin 2-1 to go third in Bundesliga
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(CNN) -- Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery has slammed the door firmly shut on a possible departure from the German Bundesliga club.

Franck Ribery has again confirmed his desire to remain with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich this season.

Franck Ribery has again confirmed his desire to remain with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich this season.

Ribery has been one of the hottest properties this summer with big-spending Real Madrid one of the clubs doing their utmost to prise the France international winger away from Bayern.

Speculation was rife that Ribery wanted to leave, preferably for Madrid, and Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer publicly questioned his loyalty.

However, the 26-year-old insists he never wanted to move to the Bernabeu.

"I never said I wanted to leave to join Real Madrid," Ribery told French TV channel TF1. "If I wanted to leave, I would have announced it.

"What bothers me is that I never spoke. Newspapers invent a lot of things.

"I can't prevent clubs from making offers. Moreover, there wasn't just Real. There were also Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea.

"What I can tell them is that today I am still at Bayern. The doors are truly closed. My bosses really want me to stay."

Ribery is under contract at the Allianz Arena until 2011.

Meanwhile, Schalke joined defending champions Wolfsburg as the only teams with 100 percent records after two rounds in the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over local rivals Bochum on Sunday.

Manager Felix Magath's perfect start continued as Christoph Moritz and Heiko Westermann scored late in the first half and Jefferson Farfan sealed victory in the 76th minute.

Ivan Rakitic helped set up Moritz for his first professional goal and combined with Farfan to lay on Westermann in first-half stoppage time.

Farfan got his reward after exchanging passes with Kevin Kuranyi and clinically finishing.

Borussia Monchengladbach moved up to third in the table thanks to a 2-1 victory over Hertha Berlin in their first home game of the season earlier on Sunday.

Roel Brouwers put Gladbach ahead against the run of play in the 23rd minute before Karim Matmour added a second in the 52nd.

Gojko Kacar reduced the arrears immediately, but he then missed a golden opportunity to equalize as he struck the woodwork in the dying seconds.

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