Zidane urges Ribery to board Real gravy train

PARIS - Zinedine Zidane, an advisor to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, has spoken to France midfielder Franck Ribery to try and convince him to move to the Spanish capital from Bayern Munich. "I am in talks with Franck," the former three times World Player of the Year, who wore the Real shirt from 2001 to 2006, told Sunday's edition of French newspaper Le Dauphine Libere. "He is a fantastic player who has his place at Real. And playing in this team is a career opportunity, which, to me, you do not refuse. "It would be a nice opportunity for Franck. It is up to him." Real are on the verge of signing Cristiano Ronaldo after Manchester United accepted a world record bid of 80 million pounds for the Portuguese forward earlier this week. Brazil playmaker Kaka has already joined from AC Milan for a reported fee of 67 million euro, while Ribery is likely to cost around the same amount, if reported bids for the 26-year-old are anything to go by. "Bringing together the best players in the world has a cost," said Zidane.