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Chelsea release Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti

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Chelsea will confirm the imminent departures of Joe Cole and Michael Ballack on Wednesday on free transfers after the pair failed to agree new contracts at Stamford Bridge.

The club have been negotiating with the players’ representatives over extensions to contracts that expire this summer for several months, but have been unable to agree terms, and the players will leave as free agents on July 1.

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 at the eleventh hour 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 suffered an ankle injury in Chelsea’s FA Cup Final win over Portsmouth.

Cole has attracted strong levels of interest from all of Chelsea’s leading rivals in the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur set to follow up their initial inquiries over the next few days. 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 that, despite delivering one Premier League title and two FA Cups, he will look back on with some disappointment. 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 made contact with 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 should he decide to opt for a lower quality of football while remaining on high wages.

Cole’s future at Chelsea looked bleak for most of the season after contract talks broke 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 only to give him another year. Ballack 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 were not willing to back down.

Chelsea’s decision to release two of their senior players is the tangible evidence of long-professed desire for financial retrenchment of Roman Abramovich, the owner, taking effect, although it could end up costing them money in the short term. Carlo Ancelotti, the manager, is intending to promote five youngsters to the first team next season, but finding effective replacements for Cole and Ballack will not be cheap.

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woah

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Ballack?

Is this another joke title? Sheeeit man the guy is still top class.

His international goal scoring record is so DUMB for a midfielder.

Edit - 42 goals in 98 games...

SORRY. ABOUT. THAT.

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ballacks sh*t. for chelsea anyway

contributes absolutely nothing. joe coles goin man u

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Statement coming tomorrow from Chelsea.

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Well hopefully we get Cole

come back to Islington few of the

guys I use to go college with went school with him

use to them do them d*ckhead little skills also whenever we kicked ball some wave they were on

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Ballack will always be one of favourite midfielders of all-time.

All-round midfield general. Absolute beast at international level for Germany.

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Boatang done his dance still

Bartolli needs to take note and do that to Totti and switch back over

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Liverpool, Wolfsburg, Juventus, A club whos best days were in the past like his

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Jose Mourinho is contemplating a shock move to take Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack to Real Madrid.

The Germany captain, out of the World Cup after being injured in the FA Cup final, is considering several lucrative offers from the Middle East as he braces himself for the end of his Chelsea career.

Though contact has yet to be made with Ballack or his advisers, Mourinho believes the 33-year old can make an impact at the Bernabeu along with Liverpool's Steven Gerrard.

Though Dubai teams such as Al Wasl and Al Shabab could tempt him with more lucrative personal terms, Ballack has always made it clear he wants to continue playing at the highest level for as long as he can.

Smeone mentioned Boateng which reminded me...

Kevin-Prince Boateng's FA Cup final horror tackle on Michael Ballack has cost him a dream move back to Germany.

Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou is convinced German clubs have dropped their interest in the £5million-rated former Tottenham midfielder because Boateng is now an outcast in his home country.

Boateng's first half tackle earned him a yellow card and put German ace Ballack out of the World Cup with ankle ligament damage.

Berlin-based Boateng, 23, had hoped to return to the Budesliga when relegated Pompey put him on the transfer list in a desperate bid to boost funds and to get him off the wage bill.

But Andronikou said:'"Boateng was being hawked around Germany but interest has cooled after that tackle.

'"We had a meeting with two German clubs before the FA Cup final. They are not ringing us now.

'"I certainly believe the reason for that is the Boateng tackle on Ballack. Football is governed by emotion and opinion which can change overnight. It seems to have happened here.''

Boateng, a German under 21 international, has switched allegiance to Ghana - the birthplace of his father - in order to play in the World Cup, a decision which has also angered Germans.

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Wow Ballack as well

That's a couple of top quality free transfers there for someone

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LOLOL GK stays pissing off the Krauts.

You think by blackballing him, he'll stop riding on them???

Just pissed him off tbh.

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lmao@Marlon Harewood being a better buy than Sydney Govou, Henry and many others.

Still laughing at Silvestre being a good transfer for anyone unless its Tesco gettin him to work on a checkout!

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come on harry, make it happen....

bale modric lennon and cole all fighting for the wings

f*ck off >>>>>>>>>>

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Man forgot Niko.

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Man forgot Niko.

ahhh how could i....

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Man forgot Bentley!

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That is to be expected.

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lol

i remember when he was meant to be the next big thing

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Joe Ledley would be a good signing for a mid-table Prem team IMO.

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