Clement Grenier

Franck Ribéry ruled out of the World Cup for France

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Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Franck Ribéry will miss the 2014 World Cup. The Bayern Munich winger becomes the latest in a long list of players ruled out due to injury.

Earlier today, it seemed as though Ribéry would be able to make it to Brazil. Struggling with a back problem, he’d been training separately from the rest of the France squad. On Friday morning, he practiced with the team for the first time.

However, in that training session, Ribéry’s injury grew worse: “An MRI scan confirmed the sudden worsening of his condition and led the medical staff to conclude his inability to train and play,” said a France Football Federation statement.

The 31-year-old earned his first senior cap for les bleus in 2006, and has since been capped 80 times, scoring 16 goals in the process. He was part of the 2006 World Cup squad that made it to the final, as well as the 2010 squad that sorely disappointed in South Africa.

In addition to Ribéry, Lyon midfielder Clément Grenier has also been ruled out with injury. Deschamps will turn to his seven-man replacement list, and it is believed he will select Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin to replace Grenier and Montpellier’s Rémy Cabella for Ribéry.

Arsenal insult French club with low bid for midfielder

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It’s possible that with Arsene Wenger relatively quiet in the last few years transfer-wise, he may have forgotten a bit of etiquette.

The Arsenal manager has ruffled a few feathers in his home country of France after a bid for Lyon attacking midfielder Clement Grenier was so low it was deemed “disrespectful” by Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas.

According to French paper Le Parisien (the hard copy, story hasn’t appeared online as of yet), Wenger bid £6 million ($9.1 million), about one-third of what Aulas has valued the 22-year-old at.

Grenier has just one year left on his deal, and has already stated Arsenal are in the mix.  He stated he will not renew with Lyon, so they would be wise to cash in for him now.  Instead however, the report states Aulas has been steadfast in his belief that Grenier will be returning to Stade de Gerland.

The kid rose to the club’s challenge in the final few weeks, and guided Lyon through a tough patch and into the third and final Ligue 1 qualifying spot for the Champions League.  His free kicks are Juninho-esque, and a calculated risk-taker when it comes to passing.  Oddly enough, Grenier would have made a switch to Nice last summer had Yoann Gourcuff not blown out his knee in the beginning of the season.

Arsenal apparently also submitted a bid for fellow Lyon player Maxime Gonalons, but that too was turned down.