Afternoon Ticker: Ribery gives Bayern ultimatum, Hill heads to Portugal and Spector discusses injury

Afternoon Ticker: Ribery gives Bayern ultimatum, Hill heads to Portugal and Spector discusses injury

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Afternoon Ticker: Ribery gives Bayern ultimatum, Hill heads to Portugal and Spector discusses injury

Franck Ribery (AP)

 

by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Days after head coach Juergen Klinsmann was relieved of his coaching duties, Franck Ribery has warned Bayern Munich that he too could leave the German club if they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League.

"It would be difficult for me to stay if we do not reach this goal," Ribery told French sports daily L'Equipe. "It is why the club must, at all cost, finish at least in second place."

Ribery, who has scored seven goals and tallied six assists this season, has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United, both of which played in yesterday's Champions League semifinals.

Ribery and Bayern Munich currently stand in third place in the German Bundesliga and host relegation-threatened Borussia Moenchengladbach this Saturday.

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Hill heads to Portugal

Former UCLA standout Kamani Hill is currently on trial with Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes.

Hill, who is currently under contract with Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, joined the club on Monday for an extended trial and is hoping he can land a spot with the club that finished third in the Portuguese last season.

Spector discusses latest injury

After missing several weeks of action due to a concussion he suffered in a league match against Sunderland, Jonathan Spector spoke with West Ham United's website on Wednesday to discuss the horrid events that transpired after being stretchered off the field.

Spector goes in depth about his injury – even mentioning that he swallowed his tongue which in turn blocked his airway - and credits his speedy recovery to West Ham's medical staff.

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Do you see RIbery leaving Bayern Munich regardless of if they qualify for the Champions League? Is Kamani Hill still on your U.S. Soccer radar? Hoping Spector gets called into the U.S. camp next month?

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