Friday, September 14, 2007

Real after Ballack,.......

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has opened the door to Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, providing the Germany captain drops his wage demands.

Schuster claimed talks took place in the summer between Real and Chelsea, but collapsed on the question of wages.

The Real coach told Kicker magazine: "The door is not closed, but it's essentially a question of money.

"His Chelsea contract is extraordinary, no Real player is paid like him and we don't want to set a precedent."

Ballack, 30, was omitted from Chelsea's Champions League squad for the group stages, although the Blues insist it was on injury grounds.

Since fellow German Schuster took over at Real from Fabio Capello, Ballack has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Ballack joined Chelsea in the summer of 2006 from Bayern Munich, but his first season at Stamford Bridge was curtailed by an ankle injury.

The German captain has not played since April, but Schuster said: "His footballing qualities are always there, and they will still exist in six months."

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