Alaba has confidence in Ribery

Bayern München full-back David Alaba has refuted claims Franck Ribery's star at the club is waning and insists the winger can still have a big impact this season.

Ribery has suffered a string of injuries over the last 24 months and has struggled to hold down a regular place in Bayern's first team as a result, leading to speculation the former France international might be headed for the exit door.

The arrival of Brazilian winger Douglas Costa has added fuel to the fire, but Alaba has no doubt the 32-year-old still has something to offer the Bundesliga champions.

"Franck is a guy who is very strong mentally," Alaba told Bild. "I am not too worried about him.

"He wants to make his comeback as soon as possible and is working hard to achieve that.

"Bayern still need Ribery. Franck can become very important for us once more."

The Austrian himself was briefly linked with a move to Real Madrid, but insists he has no intention of leaving Bavaria.

"I don't let any transfer rumours distract me. Last season in particular I was only thinking about getting fully match fit again after my knee injury," he added.

"I have not even thought about any enquiries or approaches. I still have plenty of goals with Bayern. I am not thinking about a transfer at all."

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