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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 July, 2003, 09:10 GMT 10:10 UK
Raul snubs Chelsea
Real Madrid striker Raul
Raul has scored 162 goals in La Liga for Real Madrid
Chelsea have failed in an audacious bid to sign Raul from Real Madrid.

The Stamford Bridge club's new owner, Roman Abramovich, wanted to sign the 26-year old for a world record 71.4m.

But the Spanish striker's agent, Gines Carvajal, revealed that Raul immediately rejected the offer and said he would not be leaving the Bernebeu.

"Fifa agent Marc Roger, on behalf of Chelsea, asked me if Raul would be interested in entering negotiations for a transfer to Chelsea," Carvajal said.

"I spoke to Raul, my client, and he said 'no'. He's not interested in leaving Real Madrid.

"Roman Abramovich has made an offer of 71.4m for Raul and they want to pay him 8.4m a season, double what he is earning at Real Madrid," he added.

Raul, whose current contract expires in June 2005, is currently on tour with Madrid in the Far East, having landed in Kunming in China on Friday.

If the bid had been accepted, it would have destroyed the previous world transfer record of 45.8m Real Madrid paid Juventus for Zinedine Zidane two years ago.




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