Joe Cole and Ballack Released By Chelsea

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Chelsea’s surprise announcement will spark a scramble for their signatures as, despite falling out of favour in West London, both players are very much in demand. Cole recovered from a disappointing domestic season to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad and is in contention to start their opening match of the tournament, against the United States on Saturday, while Ballack would have been in South Africa as Germany captain had he not injured his ankle in Chelsea’s FA Cup Final win over Portsmouth.

Cole has attracted strong levels of interest from Chelsea’s leading rivals in the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur set to follow up their initial inquiries. Given Cole’s desire to stay in London and the appeal of being reunited with Harry Redknapp, White Hart Lane appears to be his most likely destination because Tottenham, unlike Arsenal and Liverpool, would have little problem matching his wage demands. An offer to work with Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford would, however, be hard to turn down.

Ballack will leave England after four seasons at Chelsea. He, too, will have no shortage of suitors. Werder Bremen have made clear their desire to bring him back to Germany and José Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has contacted his representatives to examine the possibility of Ballack joining Real Madrid. Several wealthy clubs in the United Arab Emirates Pro League are also preparing to make him an offer.

Cole’s future at Chelsea looked bleak for most of the season, with contract talks breaking down after Christmas. Cole had been holding out for a £20,000-a-week pay rise to £100,000, but Chelsea refused to budge, to such an extent that the initial offer of £85,000 a week was withdrawn.

Ballack, 33, was seeking a new two-year contract that would enable him to play on at the highest level until the 2012 European Championship, an even more important aspiration after missing the World Cup finals, whereas Chelsea were willing to give him only another year. He offered to take a big pay cut and make the second year contingent upon him playing a large number of games next season, but Chelsea refused to back down.

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SOURCE:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/arsenal/article7146441
 

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Ballack will either go to MLS or Middle East. If Chelsea can't afford his wages then i'm sure German clubs can't or won't, maybe Bayern. Tonnes of money in the middle east, that's where I think he will go.
 

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JSNFRMN_MUFC said:
It said in the statement that they were looking to cut wage bill by letting Cole and Ballack leave, but were also bringing in 2 new players. So I think it was money related.
I believe they offered Ballack a 1 yr extension but he wanted a 2 yr deal....
 

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Good. Heard Anelka had signed a one year extension with Chelsea. Why keep Anelka and get Benayoun and leave Joe Cole go, seems nonsensical to me, I reckon Joe and Ancelotti had words to be honest.
 
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