Bayer Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu has insisted that quotes attributed to him suggesting that he wants to join Chelsea are not real.
As reported by FourFourTwo, quotes in Turkish publication Fanatik emerged over the weekend with the 22-year-old allegedly stating his desire to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
On the face of it, it seemed like a weird strategy in the first place to openly reveal his desire to leave Leverkusen, and it turns out that he never said those things as the interview itself never happened.
I said nothing about Chelsea in the press & didn’t talk to any Turkish journalist – neither about the court decision nor about my future!
— Hakan Çalhano?lu (@hakanc10) February 6, 2017
Having cleared up the matter on Twitter, as seen above, Calhanoglu will now continue to serve out his four-month suspension after being found guilty of breaching his contract with Trabzonspor in 2011.
That’s his season done, and he’ll be keen to avoid sparking any further controversy between now and the summer especially when it comes to his future at the Bundesliga outfit.
Nevertheless, given the qualities that he could bring to Stamford Bridge, if there was indeed interest from Chelsea, then these latest quotes will be a major blow for Antonio Conte and Co.
Calhanoglu has established himself as one of the top young players in Europe through his form for both club and country, but his focus is seemingly on coming through this ban and remaining in Germany with Conte having to now look elsewhere to bolster his squad.
The Premier League leaders look on course to win the title this season, but they will need to add quality and depth this summer if they are to compete on various fronts next year.