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Last Updated: Friday, 27 July 2007, 19:30 GMT 20:30 UK
Schuster wants Ballack at Madrid
Michael Ballack
Ballack scored just four league goal last season
Real Madrid's new coach Bernd Schuster says he is interested in signing 30-year-old Germany midfielder Michael Ballack from Chelsea.

Ballack's contract with Chelsea runs until 2010 and he is reported to be on wages of 130,000 a week, but Schuster said the money would not be a problem.

"With his class, he fits perfectly to Real Madrid," Schuster told German public television station ARD.

"I can very well imagine him playing for my team."

606: DEBATE

Madrid have made a number of offers to Ballack during his career, including one in 2005 when he moved from Bayern Munich to Chelsea.

Last season Ballack scored four goals in 26 league games for Chelsea.

"I thought about Michael before he went to Chelsea," added Schuster, who was speaking from Real's training camp in Irdning in Austria.

"He was linked with Real back then, when it was clear Zinedine Zidane was leaving.

"He would be the link between midfield and attack and would really be perfect."



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