Leverkusen's Calhanoglu waives salary during Federation Internationale de Football Association ban

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has debunked recent reports which carried his quotes claiming that he has agreed to join Chelsea in the summer.

He was recently hit with a four-month ban by the Federation Internationale de Football Association on a charge of breach of contract with Turkish club Trabzonspor.

Trabzonspor argue that they paid both Calhanoglu and his father - who was his agent - €100,000 each to sign for the club on a professional contract.

"Bayer had nothing to do with the events at the time".

A complaint had been lodged with Federation Internationale de Football Association earlier previous year regarding the dispute and it is now official that the player will serve a four-month suspension after the decision was also upheld by the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

The Turk has been watched by Chelsea on several occasions this season, and it appears that he could realise a move to London next term.


Calhanoglu is unable to play until next season after being suspended from club and global football according to the BBC.

"[Calhanoglu] and his current employer Bayer 04 Leverkusen discussed the situation in detail", a statement on their website read.

Calhanoglu can train with his team-mates, but will miss Leverkusen's Champions League matches against Atletico Madrid and the rest of the Bundesliga season.

Calhanoglu is also suspended for Turkey's World Cup qualifying match at home against Finland on March 24.

The player took to Twitter to deny speaking out about a move, writing: "I said nothing about Chelsea in the press & didn't talk to any Turkish journalist - neither about the court decision nor about my future!"

  • Stacy Allen