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Hamburg puzzled over Chelsea link with winger Elia

Hamburg are keen to keep hold of winger Eljero Elia who is reportedly a target for Chelsea, although the German outfit admit they have not had any bids from the Blues. The 24 year old Dutch winger has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea this summer having previously been mentioned as a target for Juventus and Liverpool since helping Holland reach last summer's World Cup final.

"I am able to confirm we definitely received nothing from Chelsea FC with regards to Eljero Elia," club spokesman Jorn Wolf told the Nordwest-Zeitung newspaper.

"There is no bid on the table and there are no negotiations taking place between the clubs.

"We also have not received any bid from any other club for Eljero Elia.

"He is an important player for us and he is well within our plans for the new season."

Several clubs were thought to be lining up bids of around £10million for Elia during the winter transfer window.

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