Leverkusen star denies Chelsea move

Bayer Leverkusen ace Hakan Calhanoglu has remained adamant that he did not confirm he will be joining Chelsea at the end of the season, following the emergence of quotes attributed to the Turkish worldwide.

The 22-year-old is now serving a four-month football ban for breaching his contract at Trabzonspor in 2011, but recent reports claim that he said a summer move to Chelsea could be on the cards.

Calhanoglu was on the verge of joining the Turkish side only to turn his back on them and sign for Hamburg instead.

Calhanoglu had been in great form for Bayer until his suspension, scoring seven times and providing seven assists in all competitions. "The club was hit hard by the pronounced punishment in a sporting and economic sense".

That's because the Bayer Leverkusen star has chosen to waive his salary with the German side while he is sidelined.

The daily publication also stated that the player saw his future in London, quoting him saying: "God willing, I will be a Chelsea player next season".

Leverkusen, who are mid-table in the Bundesliga, face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16.

Calhanoglu is also suspended for Turkey's World Cup qualifying match at home against Finland on March 24.

Chelsea are known to have sent scouts to watch the midfielder play earlier this season and Calhanoglu will no doubt be keen to join the Blues, given their current position as Premier League leaders. "Now we're missing a very important player during a decisive part of the season".

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