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Old 15-11-2005, 20:01   #56
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Ballack offer withdrawn

The likelihood of Michael Ballack staying with Bayern Munich has receded after the Bavarian giants withdrew their contract offer for the midfielder.

The gifted Germany international playmaker is out of contract with the Allianz Arena outfit next summer and Bayern were keen to retain his services, despite setting a deadline for a decision on his future.

At the club's AGM, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed the club have opted to take their offer off the table.

"We officially withdrew our offer today," confirmed Rummenigge.

The news is likely to alert Spanish giants Real Madrid and Premiership outfit Manchester United, although Bayern have not given up hope of retaining Ballack.

"It does not necessarily mean that Michael will leave us but I say, point blank, that we will immediately sound out the market to look for a replacement," he added.
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