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Ballack committed to Blues

German dismisses Real talk

By Lewis Rutledge.   Last Updated: 06/08/07 11:16am

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Ballack: Happy at Chelsea

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Michael Ballack has responded to speculation about his future by stressing his commitment to Chelsea.

""The speculation about me leaving is not true."" Quotes of the week

The German midfielder, who only joined Chelsea last summer, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

According to reports in Spain, Real are hoping to strike a double deal for Ballack and Arjen Robben.

But Ballack has been quick to dispel the rumours by insisting he is happy in London and has had no contact with Real.

In a statement on the club's official website, Ballack said: "I am totally committed to Chelsea.

"I came here to win trophies and be successful in English football, I want to assure the Chelsea fans of that.

"I am very happy in London professionally and for my family. The speculation about me leaving is not true.

"I have no interest in leaving Chelsea and I have had no contact with Real Madrid whatsoever.

"I am frustrated by my injury at the moment but I am working hard to be fit and hope to be back very soon to join my team-mates."

Agent admits contact

Ballack's agent, however, has told the German press that he is in contact with Real Madrid about a possible move.

Michael Becker is quoted as telling Kicker that there was 'indirect contact' with the Spanish club.

But Becker also said he had advised Real to contact Chelsea to continue negotiations.


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