Chelsea anger over Real's Robben contact
BRUSSELS, June 7 (Reuters) - Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has responded angrily to claims that Real Madrid are in talks with Dutch winger Arjen Robben, stating: 'We note that Mr Calderon confirms Real Madrid spoke to Arjen.
'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.'
Real Madrid earlier claimed that they were in talks to bring the player to the Bernabeu.
'We are in talks with Chelsea and the player, they are at
an early stage, but we hope to sign him,' Real Madrid President
Ramon Calderon told reporters at the European Parliament in
'Bringing Robben was one of my pledges when I was running
for president and still remains the case,' he added.
During the presidential election campaign last summer,
Calderon said the Dutch international was one of three players
he would bring to the club.
The 23 year-old Robben was reported to be close to signing a
new contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2012 having
turned down Bayern Munich, but Real are still hopeful of prising
him away from London as well as landing Kaka from Milan.
'We are waiting with open arms for Kaka. But it is now up to
Milan, we know it will be difficult for them. He is the best
player in the world right now,' Calderon said.
He also backed coach Fabio Capello to stay with the club for
'We will wait until the end of the campaign, but in
principle I don't see why he shouldn't continue his adventure
with Madrid,' he said.
'I have always said that I believed in him and in his past.
He carried out a difficult renovation process.'
Capello came under fire earlier this season when Real seemed
likely to miss out on the league title and even qualification
for next season's Champions League.
But the Italian coach has turned things around and Real are
top of the table with 72 points ahead of Barcelona, due to a
better head-to-head record, with just two matches left.