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Real Madrid are in talks with Chelsea to sign winger Arjen Robben, according to the Spanish club's president.


"We are in discussions with Chelsea and the player, they are at an early stage but we hope to sign him," said Real president Ramon Calderon.


"Bringing Robben was one of my pledges when I was running for president and still remains the case."


Robben, 23, was reported to be close to signing a new deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2012.


Last month, the Dutch player, who signed from PSV Eindhoven for £12m in 2004, said he hoped to stay at Chelsea having refused an approach from Bayern Munich.


The winger is one of manager Jose Mourinho's key players but his progress at Chelsea has been hampered by a succession of injuries. Last season, a thigh strain and knee injury kept him on the sidelines for several weeks of the campaign.


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Chelsea anger over Real claims


Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon says they intend to report Real Madrid to Fifa over what they deem as an illegal approach for Arjen Robben.


Real supremo Ramon Calderon revealed on Thursday that he believed talks had taken place with Robben with a view to him moving to El Stantiago Bernabeu.


However, Chelsea have reacted angrily to Calderon's claims and insist that there are no official talks talking place with Real over Robben.


"We note that Mr Calderon confirms Real Madrid spoke to Arjen," said Kenyon.


"As a result Chelsea will be writing to Fifa to ask them to investigate an illegal approach by Real Madrid.


"There have been no meetings or conversations between the Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic with any Chelsea officials, anyone mandated to act on Chelsea's behalf or owner Roman Abramovich about Arjen's future."

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Had his development stunted by Chelsea's defensive tactics imo. Could still be class. Looks like a spaz though.

Won them the title in their first season IMO, has stagnated ever since though.

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He's only 23? His hairline is terrible for that age.


Took me ages to realise he's as young as he is because of that. :D



He looks like he's 28+ at the very best (given soft light and some spray hair), I still can't believe anyone can look that bad that young.


If the rest of his body ages like his head has, he's only got another 1-2 seasons in him tops. :icon_lol:

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