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Friday, August 10, 2012
Kjaer and Kahlenberg close to exit

Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Wolfsburg duo Simon Kjaer and Thomas Kahlenberg have been omitted from the Denmark squad for the friendly against Slovakia on Wednesday because of their impending transfers.

Denmark coach Morten Olsen did not include the duo because, he explained, "players currently negotiating transfers should take care of their transfers first".

The €6.5 million-rated centre-back Kjaer, who had vowed "never to play under [Wolfsburrg coach Felix] Magath again" before Euro 2012, has been demoted to the 2009 Bundesliga champions' reserve squad and has not been given a squad number.

It is unclear where Kjaer, who spent last season on loan at Roma, will be playing this season after a move to Fenerbahce fell through. Manchester City had been linked with him, but sources told the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung there was no foundation to the rumours.

Kahlenberg, capped 38 times, had been benched during Denmark's Euro 2012 campaign. The attacking midfielder has failed to impress during his 36 months with Wolfsburg, and in January was loaned out to Evian, featuring in 17 matches and scoring two goals. A transfer back to France within the coming days is likely, with Evian thought to be keen on a permanent deal.

Magath, 59, is currently reducing numbers in a squad that currently has 39 players.

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