Western Sydney Wanderers boss Markus Babbel admits a dream move for Franck Ribery appears an unlikely prospect.
Outgoing Bayern Munich star Ribery opened the door for a potential A-League move this summer once his contract expires in Germany.
The 36-year-old winger played for the final time in a Bayern jersey during last weekend’s 3-0 DFB-Pokal Cup final victory over RB Leipzig. It brought an end to a glorious 12 seasons at the Allianz Arena.
But Ribery doesn’t plan on hanging up his boots just yet and recently talked up the possibility of joining ex-Bayern defender Babbel in Australia.
Despite the German’s best attempts, however, a reunion down under will have to remain a dream for the duo due to the expenses involved.
“The current state is such that we cannot afford him,” Babbel told Sky Sport.
“I’ve had a long talk with our chairman and unfortunately he’s not ready to go that deep.
“But the door is still open. If he wants to lead a beautiful life, even with his family, he would have absolute peace and serenity with us.
“Australia would be the perfect place for that. You live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and have a fantastic lifestyle.
“From a footballing point of view, of course, he would be the rock star here. Some of my players would probably be frozen in awe, but the whole Ribery package is not affordable for us right now.”
Ribery ended his final season at Bayern with seven goals and four assists in 38 appearances.
The former France international’s final few months in Munich were somewhat spoilt by muscle and abdominal problems. However, he returned in time to lift his ninth Bundesliga title and sixth DFB-Pokal Cup.
Reports in Doha have also linked Ribery to Qatari league champions Al Sadd SC this summer.