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Beckenbauer raps Chelsea over Ballack release

German legend Franz Beckenbauer is disappointed by Chelsea's decision to release Michael Ballack. Beckenbauer feels he fell victim to the fact Chelsea failed to win the Champions League for a seventh season since Roman Abramovich's takeover.

"It's a shame for him because he's not the youngest any more," said Beckenbauer.

"Maybe another year or two would have done him good at Chelsea, but I can understand their disappointment.

"Abramovich has invested millions over the years and, while of course winning the league and the cup is a success, he has the aim of winning the Champions League and he has not done that so he is revolutionising his team.

"They have aged a bit and I can understand that they want a younger team. It's just a shame that that affects Ballack."

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