Madrid deny permission for Gravesen trip

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Real Madrid's Thomas Gravesen has returned to Denmark to train with former club Vejle amid confusion as to whether or not the midfielder made the trip with the approval of his La Liga side, with Real claiming the international had not been given permission.

"It is not correct that this trip has the club's approval. He does not have permission," a Real Madrid spokesman said yesterday. But the Denmark coach, Morten Olsen, said the Spanish club had agreed to let Gravesen train with Vejle.

"We felt the training that Real were offering was not enough, so we tried this approach, which Real were also interested in," Olsen said. "They want him to keep fit so that they can get some money for him when they sell him, so it works well for both sides," he said.

The midfielder has been linked in the media to several British clubs, including Newcastle United and Celtic.