Ribery: Robben not my best friend

France international Franck Ribery admitted that he was not close to Bayern Munich team-mate Arjen Robben but he insisted that he could work alongside the winger.

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BY ESPNSTAR.com staff

The two were involved in a bust-up back in April with rumours flying about that the Dutchman would be seeking an exit from the club because of the tussle. Ribery was said to have struck his team-mate in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid after a disagreement. 

Bayern confirmed that the Frenchman had incurred a fine of €50,000 in the aftermath of the incident. 

The two were reported to have patched up their differences but were unable to help their side pip Dortmund to the Bundesliga or win the Champions League final against Chelsea. They were also on the losing side in the DFB Pokal Cup final against Dortmund making it a disappointing end to the season for the Bavarian giants. 

"We are not the best friends in the world," the former Marseille man admitted during an interview with Kicker. 

"But we respect each other. We are completely different."

Further, the 29-year-old bemoaned the loss to Chelsea in what was a home final. The German side had dominated the match but they lost out on penalties. 

Ribery had a disappointing outing himself and was promptly substituted in extra time as he was unable to make much of an impact. 

"I thought that was our final, our trophy," he confessed. 

"[At the end] I was on the ground, broken in spirit, body - in every way."

Ribery is currently preparing with France for Les Bleus' Euro 2012 opener against England on June 11.

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