New Milan deal ends speculation over Kaladze

The news that Kaladze, 27, had signed was announced by Milan's director in charge of transfers, Ariedo Braida, who said Kaladze has agreed a deal that would keep him at San Siro until June 2010.

Braida did not say how negotiations between Chelsea and Milan were progressing with regards to Hernan Crespo, Chelsea's Argentinian forward who wants to continue playing at Milan, where the former Parma, Lazio and Internazionale forward flourished on loan last season.

The Brazil international Robinho has made it clear he wants to play for Real Madrid next season despite being a target for Chelsea and Arsenal. The 21-year-old, currently with Santos in his home country, has agreed personal terms with the Spanish club, who are hoping to present their latest galactico before the squad leaves to tour the United States and the Far East in mid-July.

However, Santos and Madrid have yet to reach agreement on a fee for the player many consider to be the most exciting player in South America, leading to speculation that Robinho could be forced to spend another season playing in Brazil.

Robinho said: "My desire is to play for Real Madrid. It is the best place in the world for a Brazilian to play. I know [the Real coach] Wanderley Luxemburgo and his work and the time has come for me to leave Santos."

Real have moved to end speculation on the future of Michael Owen by insisting yet again that the England striker is not for sale.

The 25-year-old former Liverpool player has been linked to a host of Premiership clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United. But Real's director of football, Arrigo Sacchi, said: "Owen is not for sale because he is part of our coach's plans. Chelsea have not been in touch with us to make an offer for him, or in recent times for any of our players.

"Some of the things written about who is coming to, and who is leaving Real Madrid, are almost as incredible as science fiction.

"Owen has not told us he is unhappy or that he wants to leave and that is what really matters to us, not what stories appear in the press.

"He has signed a contract and he is a very professional player. Since I have been at Madrid I have never heard him complain – not even when he was not in the first team and, like all players, wanted to play more minutes."

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