Rigo On Future

Rigobert Song says that a move to Bayern Munich would interest him - but insists there are other clubs after his services as well.

Bayern managing director Uli Hoeness was quoted this week as saying "he knows how to kick a ball" - always a useful attribute in a professional footballer, of course - and admitted his club were tracking Rigo's progress.

The 25 year-old, on loan with relegation threatened Cologne until the end of the season, says: "What more do you want from life? I would be happy to go to Munich and play for honours every week - that is fantastic for players who have ambition.

"But it is not just Bayern. I think there are lots of teams here who want me and I am very happy to know that, but for the moment I am under contract at West Ham.

"I am playing for Cologne and want to play the last nine games there well, as I have been doing. I don't want to think right now what might happen, I will leave that to my agent."

Since Rigo went away for the African Nations' Cup, Cologne dropped to the bottom of the table, and staying with them if they are relegated is not an option.

But he says he will do his best to help them stay up now he is back, and adds: "That is my ambition. I came here and have played very well. I scored in the last minute of the semi-final of the cup on Tuesday against Bayern Leverkusen to take it into extra time, but we lost 3-1.

"I am very happy to be here because I am doing my job, playing every week, and that is what I wanted for a long time.

"We are not in a good situation but I'm just on loan and I have two years contract with West Ham, so we will see what happens."

He is disappointed he was not a regular in West Ham's first team before he went abroad in December, and admits: "It is difficult to explain to people in my country and to my friends why I didn't play for West Ham, but I respect the manager and everyone even though I wasn't happy."

And he takes a sideswipe at players who, not getting a regular game, are content to just pick up their wages in the reserves.

"I try to do my best all the time, that is my life. Most players want to do their job very well and have ambition want to give their best every week - and are not just there to collect the money," he opines.

"I want to show my best to be happy, because it is my life. I don't play for money, I play for pride."

Rigo will play in his third World Cup for Cameroon this summer, after helping them successfully defend the African Nations' Cup in Mali recently, and he adds: "I came here to play every week and to be ready for the World Cup, now that the African Cup is finished.

"That was good because we succeeded in our ambition of winning it, and now we want to go from strength to strength."

Although he missed a spot kick in the penalty shoot-out, he says: "I missed the penalty but the most important thing was that we played six games, scored nine goals, and conceded none.

"We had a good defence and a good attack - that is the best thing to remember because anyone can miss a penalty - as Platini did in the World Cup.

"The main thing is to look at the overall performances, and it was fantastic not to give any goals away."

And those reports of a Cameroon official being led away before the semi-final after practising a bit of pre-match voodoo?

"It is difficult to explain what the problem was," he says. "Sometimes people think things are not right, but I don't know what was happening with the police, the manager, the supporters, and the goalkeeper."