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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 October 2006, 08:30 GMT 09:30 UK
Chelsea hit out at Real president
Chelsea and Real Madrid
Chelsea have hit back at Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon's claim that their spending power may over-inflate transfer fees for other European clubs.

Calderon expressed concern at the huge financial loss Chelsea have made since Roman Abramovich became owner in 2003.

He told BBC Five Live: "It's a problem, prices are high. It's very dangerous."

But Chelsea director of communications Simon Greenberg retorted: "It is an open market but sometimes we have to pay more because we are Chelsea."

He added: "The money that we have spent has been invested into football - the majority of it. A very small amount of Roman's investment went on purchasing the club.

"The rest of it has gone into football and filtered down through football.

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"Although we made a substantial loss last year, there were a number of one-off payments that won't be repeated this year.

"We run ourselves as much as we can as a plc and we are completely transparent about our accounts - which is something that cannot be said for many top European clubs, including, I would say, Real Madrid."

Calderon is frustrated as he believes Real will have to spend more to attract the world's best players to the Bernabeu.

"Abramovich is paying a lot of money for players but we have to compete with it," said Calderon.

"In his case, he admitted to having lost nearly 150m last season.

"You just don't know how long those people are going to stay in soccer. If somebody decides to leave, it's going to be a problem."

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