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Kenyon adamant on Ballack
14 Sep 2007 - 15:39:28
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has dismissed the possibility of Michael Ballack leaving Stamford Bridge in January's transfer window.
Speculation about the Germany international's future resurfaced when he was left out of Chelsea's squad for the forthcoming Champions League group games, but Kenyon has rejected all the conspiracy theories.
He insisted: "We should kill that one, not just for now but for January. There have been no discussions. The decision to leave Michael out of the squad is purely medical.
"Any suggestion it's surrounding a transfer in January is equal rubbish. That's just something that is not helpful to the player or the club and we should concentrate on the facts.
"There is no confusion, absolutely no confusion. The German medical team, our medical team and the player all know what the situation is.
"There's been several huge and incorrect misinterpretations going on. The situation is very clear, he's injured. He's been injured for close to five months and he's still injured.
"Our only concern as Chelsea is getting him back fit to start playing, initially for Chelsea and then for Germany.
"It was unclear and it is still unclear when he will be available to return to play football and we as a football club, which is medical team and football club in general, took a decision with regards to his inclusion in the Champions League squad."