Arsenal target wants 'new Messi' status

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Bayern Munich winger Frank Ribery says he wants to reach the level set by Lionel Messi.

The French international prepared for the new season with Bayern Munich with a disappointing defeat to Hamburg during a pre-season tournament.

Jupp Heynckes, back for a third spell in charge, is impressing Ribery but he stresses its' his personal development he's interested in.

“He (Heynckes) listens and gives the players freedom to express themselves on the pitch,” Ribery told SportBild.

“That is what I need. I feel free to go out there and show what I am capable of.


“I feel able to try out difficult dribbles or dangerous passes again.

“For the first time in two years I have taken part in the whole of pre-season.

“Preparation is important for most players, but for me it is simply a catastrophe if I am unable to prepare properly.”

“My biggest dream is to be recognised as the best player in the world, and I think I have a chance of fulfilling it.

“Now that I am coming back to 100 percent fitness again, that my head is clear and focused fully on football, and that I have a great relationship with the coach, I am convinced that I can emulate Messi.”

Ribery has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal, however the club's miserly approach in the transfer window makes a deal unlikely.

Arsenal are keen to improve their attacking options this summer after falling short in the title race last season.

Gervinho has already joined the ranks at The Emirates Stadium, and will join up with the rest of the Arsenal squad for the remainder of their pre-season activities.

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