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Hoeness: Ballack claims are bollocks

Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness claims that, despite their best efforts, Manchester United will not be signing Michael Ballack to replace Roy Keane in the heart of their midfield,

Hoeness told ARD Television: “I know Manchester United will not buy Michael Ballack.”

He said: “(The talk) is fuelled from people outside who are trying to divide our team.

“Ballack is a superb player. We have played well with him and we have played well without him. We’ll see what happens.”

Wayne Rooney aside, it seems as though United’s recent inability to sign their primary transfer targets will once again scupper their plans to regain dominance in the Premiership. Arjen Robben, Ronaldinho were supposedly all but signed by United before instead heading to Chelsea and Barcelona respectively.