Date: 25th January 2007 at 4:30pm
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God of german football, the great Franz Beckenbauer did NOT deny speculation about Owen Hargreaves. He was talking about a different subject: Michael Ballack.

Kaiser Franz believes the once highly-rated German midfielder made the wrong decision when he had joined Chelsea, for he would be better off at Manchester United.

The former Bayern man had been strongly linked with United before securing his move to Chelsea on a free transfer. Sir Alex was believed to be keen to buy him but I’m sure he does not regret now he missed out on him…

‘I cannot see a place for Ballack at Chelsea,’ Beckenbauer stated.

‘As you can see, the game mostly passes him by. Frank Lampard is stronger and takes his position.

‘He would have been better off at Manchester United.’

But Manchester United is better off without him, that’s clear.