Rafa rubbishes Ribery rumour

Reds boss Rafa Benitez has denied rumours that French attacker Franck Ribery is set for a move to Merseyside.

Speculation was rife following Skybet bookmakers slashing the odds on Ribery joining Liverpool after a series of bets were placed.

But Rafa says we shouldn’t expect any big money signings this summer. “I don’t think we will be signing anyone else for big, big money – just maybe the ones who can fit into our team” said the Spaniard.

Instead the manager indicated it is more important to keep Alonso and Mascherano, “I will be really pleased if we can keep this squad together because I don’t think we need to do too many things to get us in position.

“Now we are just thinking of improving the fitness of the players, not thinking of the transfer market. We have the quality and will have chances again.”

The Mirror report that Benitez is still looking to sign Valencia’s Spanish midfielder David Silva, but only if the fee can be around £15m.

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