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Chelsea target Calhanoglu banned for rest of Bayer Leverkusen season

Bayer Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanoglu has been suspended for four months.

The Turkish midfielder, who was heavily linked with Chelsea last month, will miss the rest of the season after FIFA opted to impose the initial ban which has now been upheld.

Calhanoglu, 23, had been locked in a contract dispute with Turkish club Trabzonspor whom he turned his back on to sign with Karlsruhe in 2011, before moving to Hamburg SV in 2013.

Trabzonspor took the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), who have ruled in favour of them, despite it having nothing to do with Leverkusen.

"We regret this decision which we cannot comprehend," said Leverkusen sports director Rudi Voeller.

"Leverkusen is not involved in the dispute with Calhanoglu having joined in 2014 from Hamburger SV.

"This is a big blow both for Hakan and for us. Although Bayer Leverkusen had nothing to do with this it is also punished.

"Now we will miss an important player during a key part of the season."

Andrew Slevison
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